John Russell Prime Minister Vanity Fair Print 1869
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, KG, GCMG, PC, FRS (18 August 1792 – 28 May 1878), known by his courtesy title Lord John Russell before 1861, was a leading Whig and Liberal politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions during the early Victorian era. Scion of one of the most powerful aristocratic families, his great achievements, says A. J. P. Taylor, were based on his indefatigable battles in Parliament over the years on behalf of the expansion of liberty; after each loss he tried again and again, until finally his efforts were largely successful. E. L. Woodward, however, argued that he was too much the abstract theorist, so that: He was more concerned with the removal of obstacles to civil liberty than with the creation of a more reasonable and civilized society. His political theory centred in the revolution of 1688, and in the clique of aristocratic families to whom the country owed loyalty in return for something like the charte octroyée of the reform bill.
Original Lithograph of Earl Russell with the caption at the bottom of the print: The Greatest Liberal statesman of modern times, Published: 5-Jun-1869
Signed by: APE, Carlo Pellegrini . Dimensions approximately 23cm x 35cm.
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