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Sir Charles Hallé (né Carl Halle)

6 of 21 portraits on display in the Watts Hall of Fame at Bodelwyddan Castle

Sir Charles Hallé (né Carl Halle), by George Frederic Watts, circa 1870 - NPG 1004 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Charles Hallé (né Carl Halle)

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1870
29 1/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (743 mm x 489 mm)
Given by George Frederic Watts, 1895
Primary Collection
NPG 1004

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  • George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor. Artist associated with 90 portraits, Sitter in 43 portraits.

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William Edward Forster's Education Act is passed, making provisions for education for all under-13s. It demonstrated the balance in Gladstone's first ministry between progressive reform and conservativism by spreading literacy, whilst maintaining the status of Church schools. The Married Women's Property Act gives wives rights over their own earnings.

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The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play and written with the aid of composer Mily Balakirev, debuts in Moscow, conducted by Nikolai Rubenstein. W. G. Grace becomes cricket captain of Gloucestershire, marking the start of a successful decade for the club in which they won three 'Champion County' titles.


Isaac Butt, an Irish MP at Westminster, forms the Home Rule Association. The Franco-Prussian war breaks out between France and a coalition of German states led by Prussia. Provoked by the candidacy of German Prince Leopold Hohenzollen-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne, France declared war in July after Bismark published the deliberately provocative Ems telegraph, in which the French were represented in an offensive light on the issue.

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