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Albert Mansbridge

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What today would be called a 'self-starter', Mansbridge became an Anglican lay reader, a copyist in the Board of Education, attending evening lectures at the Battersea Polytechnic, and in 1896 a clerk with the Co-operative Wholesale Society in Whitechapel. Mansbridge is regarded as one of the most influential and creative figures in adult education. He and his wife, Frances Pringle founded the Workers' Educational Association in 1903 with 2/6d from the housekeeping.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    90.2 x 69.9 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Given by the sitter's widow, 1956


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