'The Right Hon. John Bright', 1876.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of John Bright (1811-1889) taken by Samuel Robert Lock (1822-1881) and George Carpe Whitfield. Bright, a most effective orator, co-led a national campaign to repeal the Corn Laws. He vigorously opposed the Crimean War in 1854. 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 for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.