Henry Edward Manning
Henry Edward Manning
by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1882
35 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. (902 mm x 699 mm)
Given by George Frederic Watts, 1895
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Sitterback to top
- Henry Edward Manning (1808-1892), Roman Catholic Cardinal-Archbishop of Westminster. Sitter in 54 portraits.
Artistback to top
- George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor. Artist associated with 90 portraits, Sitter in 43 portraits.
This portraitback to top
For this portrait Watts expanded his usual format, posing the seated Manning in emulation of Renaissance papal portraits. As for Manning, he objected to the redness of his face: 'Tell Mr Watts that he has made me a tippler, and I am a teetotaller!'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 212
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 408
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Events of 1882back to top
Current affairsThe Ashes Test cricket series is born. The series gets its name from a satirical obituary published in the English newspaper The Sporting Times, stating that English cricket had died and its cremated body was being taken back to Australia, after England, with batsmen W. G. Grace and Charles Studd, lost the first home match to Australia at the Oval.The Married Women's Property Act is passed, securing equal property rights between married couples.
Art and scienceEadweard Muybridge, British photographer, exhibits his images of animal and human motion, captured with his 'zoopraxiscope', a motion-picture machine recreating movement by displaying individual photographs in rapid succession, at the Royal Academy and Royal Institution. His studies and inventions contributed to the development of motion pictures, with E.J. Marey and the Lumiere brothers acknowledging his impact.
InternationalThe Zioinist movement begins, with the first wave of Jewish immigrants to Palestine, at this time part of the Ottoman empire. The Jewish people were in Diaspora, spread across the world, and Palestine, the place of Jewish origin but now also occupied by Muslims and Christians, seemed a logical place for a settlement.
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On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
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