London published Nov.r 5th 1794, by Will.m Sharp, No. 8 Charles Street near Middlesex Hospital, London.
Engraving. Platemark: 310 x 230mm. (12¼ x 9"). Iron spot to right margin.
Portrait of Thomas Walker (1749 - 1817), cotton merchant, political reformer, and abolitionist. He was also a member of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society founded in 1781 to promote improvements in local health and sanitary issues. Walker helped found the Manchester Constitutional Society which advocated parliamentary reform and equality for dissenters. This was not seen favourably by the supporters of 'church and king' and he was accused of conspiring to overthrow the king, constitution and government. A trial was held at the Lancaster Assizes in June 1794 but Walker was acquitted because the key witness, Thomas Dunn, was shown to have lied under oath. After George Romney (Male; 1734 - 1802).
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