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Robert Owen, 1771 - 1858. Pioneer socialist

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Robert Owen, 1771 - 1858. Pioneer socialist

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Born in Wales, Robert Owen began work in a draper's shop at the age of ten. At nineteen he was the manager of a large textile factory. In 1799 he bought his father-in-law's cotton-mills in New Lanark on the banks of the river Clyde. For his workers, Owen built a school, a village store and opened the world's first day nursery, making the community a model of social reform. New Lanark is now a World Heritage Site. Although extremely delicate, this drawing communicates the sharp intellect and foresight of an exceptional man.


  • Acc. No. PG 1606
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 28.10 x 21.30 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs James Watt 1953