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James Sant

James Sant, by James Sant, 1844 - NPG 4093 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Sant

by James Sant
oil on millboard glued on canvas, 1844
23 5/8 in. x 21 3/8 in. (600 mm x 543 mm)
Given by the sitter's grandchildren, James A. and Sylvia Gye, 1959
Primary Collection
NPG 4093


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  • James Sant (1820-1916), Painter. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist associated with 12 portraits.

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  • James Sant (1820-1916), Painter. Artist associated with 12 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.

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Current affairs

Britain experiences a railway boom. Peel's government passes a series of Acts creating provision of cheap, regular rail services. George Hudson, the first great railway entrepreneur, who controlled over 1,000 miles of railway track and whose enterprises made York a major commercial and transport hub, becomes known as 'the Railway King'.

Art and science

Disraeli's Coningsby is published. The first of his 1840s 'Young England' trilogy, it was the cultural manifesto of Disraeli's vision for a new Conservativism, uniting the two nations of the rich and poor. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson set up their innovative and pioneering photography studio in Edinburgh, capturing portraits of both Scottish society figures and workers, as well as urban and rural landscape scenes.

International

Tensions continue to mount in Eastern Europe over Russian imperialist ambitions, as Tsar Nicholas I describes the Ottoman Empire as 'the Sick Man of Europe'. With the overthrow of the Haitians, the Spanish-speaking portion of the island of Hispaniola gains independence, as the Dominican Republic.

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