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An aristocrat and an independent MP, Burdett entered Parliament in 1796 to become the most influential radical politician. He championed free speech, personal liberty and radical state prisoners. In 1807, with the help of labour activist Francis Place, Burdett successfully stood for Westminster – a hotbed of radicalism. He was arrested and imprisoned for denouncing the House of Common's decision to bar journalists from some debates.
oil on canvas
250.2 x 143.5 cm
Bequeathed by the Rt Hon. William Ashmead Bartlett Burdett-Coutts, 1952