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Sir John Pender

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Sir John Pender, by James Jacques Tissot, published in Vanity Fair 28 October 1871 - NPG 2738 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir John Pender

by James Jacques Tissot
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 28 October 1871
11 7/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (302 mm x 187 mm)
Purchased, 1934
Primary Collection
NPG 2738

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  • Sir John Pender (1815-1896), Pioneer of submarine telegraphy. Sitter in 4 portraits.

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France's shock defeat against Prussia radically alters Europe's status quo, leading to the deposition of Napoleon III and the creation of France's Third Republic, as well as Germany's unification and rise in military power and imperialist ambitions, as the Prussian King William I is pronounced Emperor of Germany. Further, Germany's annexing of the French regions Alsace and Lorraine provoked bitter land disputes which contributed to the outbreak of the First World War.

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