12 of 20 portraits on display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery
by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
marble bust, circa 1884
28 in. (711 mm) high
Bequeathed by Herbert Spencer, 1904
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Sitterback to top
- Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), Philosopher, social theorist and sociologist. Sitter in 22 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt (1834-1890), Sculptor. Artist associated with 33 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 580
Events of 1884back to top
Current affairsThe Third Reform Act further reduces the financial threshold for voters, extending the franchise to all householders in the counties, achieving uniformity with those in the boroughs, and effectively doubling the electorate from 2.5 million to just under 5 million.
Foundation of the socialist group, the Fabian Society. The group quickly grows in size, including members Eleanor Marx, George Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb.