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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