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John Acton, 1st Baron Acton

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Acton was a historian and a scholar of enormous erudition and vision. He never completed any major work, although his essays and lectures were of seminal importance in the development of the study of modern history. Acton helped to found the English Historical Review, and to plan the Cambridge Modern History course. He believed passionately in political morality and liberty of conscience.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

c.1879

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 64.8 x W 52.1 cm

Accession number

4083

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1958

Work type

Painting


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