'Profesor Fawcett', 1876.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of Profesor Henry Fawcett [1833-1884] taken by Samuel Robert Lock (1822-1881) and George Carpe Whitfield. Equal rights campaigner and postal service innovator, Fawcett was elected Liberal MP for Brighton in 1865. He joined a radical group attempting to persuade the House of Commons to grant women the vote. In 1880, William Gladstone, leader of the Liberal government, appointed Fawcett as his Postmaster General. Fawcett introduced the parcel post, postal orders and the sixpenny telegram. Fawcett is pictured wearing dark glases. At 25, he was accidentally blinded by a shot from his father's gun while hunting. This Woodburytype is from 'Men of Mark', a series of books featuring prominent men of the time, published between 1876 and 1883. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical proces patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high-quality images used fo