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Joseph Cowen Original Vanity Fair Print 1872


Blacksmiths' Friendly Society

Blacksmiths’ Friendly Society


Joseph Cowen Original Vanity Fair Print 1872

Original Lithograph with the caption at the bottom of the print: Newcastle on Tyne

Cowen was first apprenticed as a blacksmith in Winlaton, County Durham, at age 19, before later becoming a colliery owner, director of a shipping company, first secretary of the Blacksmiths’ Friendly Society, and an original gentleman of the Four & Twenty. He was a coal owner and firebrick and clay retort manufacturer, having inherited the Blaydon Burn from his father, where he joined his brother-in-law. Later, he became a Justice of the Peace for County Durham and an alderman for Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He died the year after sitting for this caricature.

He was also a life member and chairman of the River Tyne improvement commission, helping make the river navigable for sea-going ships, for which he was knighted on 14 March 1872

Published: 26-Oct-1872 Signed by: Unsigned . Dimensions approximately 23cm x 35cm.

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