Samuel Morley Original Vanity Fair Print 1872
Original Lithograph with the caption at the bottom of the print: Dissent
Samuel Morley was the youngest son of a manufacturer with premises in Nottingham and a warehouse and offices in London. Born in Homerton, at an early age he worked for his father’s business in London. When his father and brothers chose to retire, he was left in managerial control. By 1860 he was sole owner of both the London and Nottingham parts of the business, and as it grew rapidly into the largest of its kind in the world he became very wealthy, and a model employer. Morley took a large residence in Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington when not living at his City of London address. He was a member of Thomas Binney’s King’s Weigh House Congregational Chapel in Fish Street Hill, London. He ventured into publishing, becoming one of the proprietors of the Daily News, the main Liberal paper of the period. By reducing its price, its losses turned to gains and carried greater influence.
As a Liberal, he was one of Gladstone’s keen supporters, and was elected as an MP for Nottingham in 1865, and later Bristol (1868–85).
In later life he became a strong advocate of temperance.
Published: 15-Jun-1872 Signed by: Unsigned . Dimensions approximately 23cm x 35cm.
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