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Purchased, 1934. Museums Sheffield
Sheffield Iris Office, Hartshead, Sheffield
Date Made/Found: 1859
Artist: Christopher Thomson , British, 1799 - 1871
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Sight size: 188 x 188mm Overall: 360 x 335mm
Department: Social History
Accession Number: K1934.28
The Sheffield Iris was originally called the Sheffield Register, founded in the 1790s by Joseph Gales, a Unitarian who supported radical causes. He published articles in the paper criticising the government, and realised that he might be at risk of arrest and imprisonment. He avoided this by fleeing the country, eventually settling in the United States of America. Gales sold the Register to James Montgomery who renamed it the Sheffield Iris.
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