13 - 15 September 2011
Alexandre Marie Colin (French 1798-1875)
Portrait of Richard Cobden, M.P. (1804-1865), half-length, in a black coat and a grey waistcoat, in a feigned oval
signed and dated 'A. COLIN/1850' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.3 x 63.5 cm.)
Acquired from Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, in 1911, by Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray.
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Cowdray Park Catalogue, London, 1919, p. 3, no. 4 (in the Vestibule).
C. Anson, A Catalogue of Pictures and Drawings in the Collection of The Viscount Cowdray, London, 1971, p. 33, no. 102 (in the Back Staircase and Hall).
A British manufacturer and Radical and Liberal statesman, Richard Cobden has been heralded as the greatest classical-liberal thinker on international affairs of his age. He was associated with John Bright in the formation of the Anti-Corn Law League in 1838, which was aimed at abolishing the Corn Laws (trade barriers designed to protect grain prices), and ultimately establish a fully free-trade economy. He was also central to negotiating the Cobden-Chevalier Treaty, a Free Trade treaty that was signed between the United Kingdom and France on 23 January 1860.
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