Henry Brougham Esq.r M.P. F.R.S.
Published by the Engraver Bayswater October 1820
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 350 x 255mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Tipped into album sheet. Foxing to edges.
Henry Peter Brougham, first Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868), lord chancellor. A radical Whig lawyer and MP, Brougham tirelessly campagined for the advancement of education and reform. He entered parliament in 1810 as a Whig and immediately promoted legislation against slave trading. He won popular renown as chief attorney to Queen Caroline. He was a prominent member and one of the founders of the Society of the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1825, of University College London in 1828 and the London Mechanics Institutes in 1824. As Lord Chancellor Brougham's most important achievements were the passing of the 1832 Reform Act, and the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. But for all his fame in his own day, Brougham's fate was not to be remembered for any one great achievement. Engraved after the portrait by Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), whose over 700 portraits record the leading personalities of his time.
W 39 iii/iv; For one of many caricatures of Brougham, see ref. 25041.
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