'The Right Hon. Cowper-Temple', 1876.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of the Right Hon. William Francis Cowper-Temple [1811-1888] taken by Samuel Robert Lock (1822-1881) and George Carpe Whitfield. Cowper-Temple was a Liberal MP best known for the amendment, the 'Cowper-Temple clause'. Introduced into the Education Bill of 1870, it ensured religious instruction in state schools was inter-denominational. 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.