'The Earl Of Shaftesbury', 1876.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of the Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885) taken by Samuel Robert Lock (1822-1881) and George Carpe Whitfield. Shaftesbury was one of the founders of the Ragged Schools Union, and its president for 40 years. The 'ragged schools' educated children in the poorest inner-city areas of London. Shaftesbury Avenue, in the theatre district of London, was named in memory of the Earl. 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).