Thomas Plint

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Thomas Edward Plint (1823–1861) was a British stockbroker and important Pre-Raphaelite art collector who commissioned and owned several notable paintings. [1] In 1839, with his friend Charles Reed, he started and edited a magazine called The Leeds Repository.

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Sir Charles Reed FSA was a British politician who served as Member of Parliament for Hackney and St Ives, Chairman of the London School Board, Director and Trustee of the original Abney Park Cemetery Joint Stock Company, Chairman of the Bunhill Fields Preservation Committee, associate of George Peabody, lay Congregationalist, and owner of a successful commercial typefounding business in London. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was knighted by the Queen at Windsor Castle in 1874. As a pastime he collected autographed letters and keys.

A religious evangelical, Plint served as a lay preacher at Leeds Congregational Chapel. In 1852, he commissioned Ford Madox Brown to complete Work , a celebration of the protestant work ethic. [1] He demanded changes to the composition, notably the inclusion of a distributor of evangelical tracts, but died before its completion [2]

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<i>Work</i> (painting) painting by Ford Madox Brown

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He was at one time owner of The Black Brunswicker , which he purchased from Ernest Gambart. [3] Other paintings in his collection included Millais's Christ in the House of His Parents . [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 Dianne Sachko Macleod, "Plint, Thomas Edward (1823–1861)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , Oxford University Press, Sept 2004
  2. Tim Barringer, "Brown, Ford Madox (1821–1893)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004
  3. Russell Ash, Victorian Masters and Their Art, Pavilion, p. 340. ISBN   978-1862053045