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Philosopher, political theorist and social critic; he was committed to the utilitarian belief in the 'greatest happiness' principle. Promoting a secular version of utilitarianism he advocated that fulfilment could be achieved through the rigorous investigation of human nature. His work had an important impact upon judicial organisation and civil law and the reform of the penal system.This portrait shows Bentham at the age of about thirteen, by which time he had already been admitted to Oxford University.
oil on canvas
180.5 x 120.5 cm
Given by Sir John Bowring, 1865
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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