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Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

15 of 27 portraits on display in the Library at Bodelwyddan Castle

Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay, by John Partridge, circa 1849-1853 - NPG 1564 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay

by John Partridge
oil on canvas, circa 1849-1853
37 in. x 29 1/4 in. (940 mm x 743 mm)
Given by Henry Thurstan Holland, 1st Viscount Knutsford, 1910
Primary Collection
NPG 1564

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  • John Partridge (1789-1872), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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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.

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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.


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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