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John Horne Tooke

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The radical politician Horne Tooke was an ardent campaigner for liberty and parliamentary reform. He helped establish 'The Society for Supporting the Bill of Rights' and was instrumental in organising the distribution of Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man in 1791. In 1794 he was wrongly accused of planning an uprising and imprisoned in the Tower of London. William Godwin's written attack against the charge of high treason was widely read and seen as decisive to Horne Tooke's eventual acquittal.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1791

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 74.9 x W 62.2 cm

Accession number

13

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1857

Work type

Painting


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