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This photograph shows Thomas Curson Hansard junior (1813–91), the son and namesake of Thomas Curson Hansard senior (1776-1833), who took over the 'Parliamentary Debates' from William Cobbett in 1812. This TC Hansard managed the family concern for 55 years, from his father’s death in 1833 until he sold the business in 1888.
This photograph is from one of a set of albums given to Eleazar Denning (1828-1904), who was in charge of police arrangements at the Palace of Westminster from 1864, on his retirement from the Metropolitan police in 1888. This album is inscribed: “This Album [was] presented to Chief Inspector Denning, Palace of Westminster Police, by Robert Jones Griffiths, Esq., LL.D., of the Parliamentary Press, as a mark of esteem and respect. August 1886.” It consists of miscellaneous photographs, including of politicians, officers of the House of Commons, journalists, doorkeepers, police and New Zealand chiefs.
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