by Stephen Pearce
oil on millboard, circa 1850
14 7/8 in. x 12 1/2 in. (378 mm x 318 mm)
Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Franklin, 1892
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Artistback to top
- Stephen Pearce (1819-1904), Portrait and equestrian painter. Artist associated with 63 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Related worksback to top
- NPG 1208: The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin (finished work)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 28
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 37
Events of 1850back to top
Current affairsCardinal Wiseman, a Catholic priest who had exerted a strong influence on the Oxford movement, is made a Cardinal and leader of the Catholic church in England, thus restoring Roman Catholic hierarchy in England.
Art and scienceDeath of poet laureate William Wordsworth; his great autobiographical poem The Prelude is published posthumously, famously charting the growth of the poet's mind.
Tennyson's In Memoriam is also published. A poignant record of his grief over the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, the poem also movingly questions the strength of faith in an increasingly scientific age.