Sir Richard Owen
Sir Richard Owen
by Henry William Pickersgill
oil on canvas, circa 1845
56 1/4 in. x 44 in. (1429 mm x 1118 mm)
Given by the sitter's daughter-in-law, Mrs Emily Owen, 1893
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- Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), Naturalist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist. Sitter in 33 portraits.
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- Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 108 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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Owen is shown with a white nautilus shell with brown markings: the glass jar contains the mollusc itself. Owen published a Memoir of the Pearly Nautilus in 1832.
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Current affairsCardinal Newman converts to Roman Catholicism. A leader of the Oxford movement , growing in influence since the 1820s, Newman had raised doubts about the authority of the Anglican church. Ralph Etwall, MP for Andover, demands an inquiry into the administration of the Andover workhouse, which leads to the abolition of the Poor Law Commission, and resolution of Parliament to improve workhouse conditions.
Art and scienceThe American poet, short story writer, critic and leader of the American Romantic movement, Edgar Allan Poe, publishes his narrative poem 'The Raven'. The poem is a supernatural tale of a mysterious talking raven's visit to a distraught lover, who descends into madness, and explores themes of self-torture and obsession. The reconstruction of Trafalgar Square, by architects John Nash and Sir Charles Barry, is completed.
InternationalSir John Franklin's expedition in search of the North-West passage, the sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin took two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, and a crew of 129 men made up Royal Navy officers. The crew never returned. Search parties sent out years later discovered the ships had got stuck in frozen waters, and that all the men had died.
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On display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery