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John Bright (1811–1889)
John Bright (1811–1889)
John Bright (1811–1889)
John Bright (1811–1889)
John Bright (1811–1889)
John Bright (1811–1889)
John Bright (1811–1889)

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John Bright was a mill owner, quaker and radical Liberal statesman best known for battling the Corn Laws. The portrait statue depicts him in the act of making a speech. He is shown wearing modern dress, with his right hand by his side, and left hand raised to his chest and holding his speech notes.




Sicilian marble & granite


H 320 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 280 x W 192 x D 184 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by public subscription

Work type



Manchester City Council

Work status


Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

10th October 1891

Listing date



not accessible

Access note

inaccessible until 2024 due to restoration of Town Hall

Signature/marks description

on plinth: A. Bruce Joy Sc. 1891

Inscription description

front: JOHN BRIGHT / 1811–1889.


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Located at

Albert Square, Manchester

M2 4JW

In Albert Square, facing the Town Hall.