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William Edward Forster

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Politician; from a Quaker background, Forster entered the Bradford wool trade in 1842 and soon took a keen interest in politics and the condition of the poor. He served as a Liberal MP for the city from 1861 until 1886, assuming responsibility for major legislation leading to a national system of education under Gladstone's first administration of 1868. Appointed by Gladstone as Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1880, he resigned office in 1882.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1875

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 124.5 x W 99.1 cm

Accession number

1917

Acquisition method

Given by the sitter's adopted son, E. R. Arnold-Forster, 1921

Work type

Painting


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