'Thomas Hughes', 1880.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of Thomas Hughes Q.C. [1822-1896] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1880. Thomas Hughes best known literary work, 'Tom Brown's School Days' (1857), an archetypal schoolboy novel, may be based on his own experience. Hughes supported Christian Socialism, a movement aiming to apply Christian principles to political and social concerns. A co-founder of the London Working Men's College, he helped to found some of England's first recognised trade unions. 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.