John Holmes

1 portrait

John Holmes, after a wax medallion by Richard Cockle Lucas, (1849-1850) - NPG 1781a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Holmes

after a wax medallion by Richard Cockle Lucas
ambrotype, (1849-1850)
2 1/4 in. x 2 in. (57 mm x 51 mm)
Given by the sitter's grandson, Sir Charles John Holmes, 1916
Primary Collection
NPG 1781a


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Sitterback to top

  • John Holmes (1800-1854), Antiquary. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

  • Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-1883), Sculptor. Artist associated with 54 portraits, Sitter in 44 portraits.

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Events of 1849back to top

Current affairs

Benjamin Disraeli becomes Conservative leader in the House of Commons. Bedford College for Women is founded, following on from the foundation of Queen's College for Women the previous year. Henry Mayhew, the social researcher and reform advocate, begins publishing his extensive statistical survey into the living conditions of urban communities, London Labour and the London Poor in the Morning Chronicle.

Art and science

With the death of his father Johann Strauss the Elder, Johann Baptist Strauss, the Austrian violinist and composer combines his and his father's orchestra, becoming known as 'the Waltz King'. His famous waltzes include The Blue Danube (1867). Dante Gabriel Rossetti paints his sister, the poet Christina, in The Girlhood of Mary Virgin.

International

Rome is briefly proclaimed a republic after the papal states are overthrown by Italian republicans. Napoleon's dependency on French Catholics leads him however to help restore papal authority. The restoration of Austrian military rule in Italy further darkens hopes of a self-ruling Italian nationhood. Communist riots are suppressed in Paris.

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