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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Philanthropist and reformer, Shaftesbury led the movement for improving conditions in factories and collieries and, in the 1840s, argued for legislation to protect apprentice chimney-sweeps or 'climbing boys'. To the end of his life, he worked for a great variety of causes which highlighted the sufferings of the underprivileged and helped to implement the concept of social welfare. His memorial was erected in Piccadilly Circus in 1893.

National Portrait Gallery, London


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    60.6 x 50.2 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Given by George Frederick Watts, 1895


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