Thomas Barnes was educated at Christ's Hospital (1796-1804) where he met his lifelong friend Leigh Hunt, and afterwards at Pembroke College Cambridge (B.A. 1808, M.A. 1811). He wrote on politics and literature for Leigh Hunt's Examiner and Champion. Upon becoming editor of The Times in 1817, Barnes moderated his political views and under his guidance it became Britain's leading newspaper and an important voice in national politics.
Parliamentary Portraits. 1815.