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King Edward VII
by W. & D. Downey Click on the links below to find out more
albumen print, 1868
5 1/2 in. x 3 7/8 in. (140 mm x 98 mm)
- King Edward VII (1841-1910), Reigned 1901-10. Sitter associated with 500 portraits.
- W. & D. Downey (active 1855-1940). Artist associated with 925 portraits.
The Prince of Wales regularly holidayed at Balmoral where he indulged his passions for grouse shooting and deer stalking. By the time of this photograph, he generally stayed at nearby Abergeldie Castle on which the Queen had taken the lease in 1862.
Following the Earl of Derby's resignation, Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister. However, following a near immediate Liberal election victory, he is replaced as Prime Minister by Gladstone. Gladstone sets out his mission to 'pacify Ireland'. Separately, the first meeting of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is held in Manchester. Public executions are abolished, and are moved from outside Newgate gaol to inside the prison.
Art and science
Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone
published. Credited with writing the first sensation novel The Woman in White
, Collins's claims another first here, as the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Herncastle diamond, is recognised as one of the first detective novels.
An uprising against Spanish rule in Cuba sparks off the Ten Years' War, in which 200,000 lives are lost. Cubans in the eastern provinces unite under wealthy planter Carlos Manuel de Cespedes. Another armed uprising takes place against Spanish rule in the town of Lares in Puerto Rico, known as the 'Grito de Lares'.