3 of 94 portraits of John Bright
by Walter William Ouless
oil on canvas, 1879
50 1/4 in. x 40 in. (1276 mm x 1016 mm)
Given by Leopold Salomons, 1889
Click on the links below to find out more:
Sitterback to top
- John Bright (1811-1889), Statesman and orator. Sitter associated with 94 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Walter William Ouless (1848-1933), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 40 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 52
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 76
Events of 1879back to top
Current affairsWomen's education continues to grow, with the founding of women's colleges in Oxford. Somerville College took its name from the late Scottish scientific writer Mary Somerville. Lady Margaret Hall was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth, great niece of the poet, and named after Margaret Beaufort, a medieval noblewoman and mother of Henry VII.
Art and scienceEdison invents the first practical electric light bulb.
The first prehistoric paintings, dating back 14,000 years, are discovered in the Altamira caves in Northern Spain when a young girl notices paintings of bison on the ceilings.
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, already acclaimed for roles in plays such as Racine's Phèdre and Victor Hugo's Hernani, celebrates a successful season at London's Gaiety Theatre.