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William 'Memory' Woodfall (1746–1803)

Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

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This is a version of the painting by Beach in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Woodfall became known as the father of modern parliamentary reporting. He was the printer and editor of 'The Morning Chronicle' and then produced his own paper, 'The Diary'. He undertook to write detailed accounts of the proceedings of parliament the same night, and his ability to remember information without the assistance of notes earned him the sobriquet of 'memory'.

Parliamentary Art Collection

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    96 x 79 cm (E)

  • Accession number

    WOA 3345

Parliamentary Art Collection

The Curator's Office Department of Information Services House of Commons 1 Canon Row, Greater London SW1A 0AA England

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