Sir James Stephen
17 of 32 portraits on display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
Sir James Stephen
by (Pietro) Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti, Baron Marochetti
marble bust, 1858
29 1/8 in. (740 mm) high
Given by the sitter's grandson, Sir Herbert Stephen, 2nd Bt, 1896
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Sitterback to top
- Sir James Stephen (1789-1859), Historian and colonial under-secretary. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- (Pietro) Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti, Baron Marochetti (1805-1867), Sculptor. Artist associated with 11 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 430
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 586
Events of 1858back to top
Current affairsAfter Palmerstone's government collapses, the Earl of Derby becomes Prime Minister for second time, again heading a minority government. The Property qualification for MPs is abolished; one of the demands made by the Chartists, this allowed men who did not own property to stand as parliamentary candidates. Lionel Nathan Rothschild becomes the first Jew to sit in Britain's House of Commons, taking his oath on the Old Testament.
Art and scienceThe pianist Charles Hallé founds a symphony orchestra in Manchester, the Halle; now Britain's oldest professional orchestra. The Hallé symphony rose to prominence in the mid-20th century, under the tenure of conductor John Barbirolli, during which time they made many recordings, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 8.
InternationalThe British Crown assumes control of India from the East India Company.The Treaty of Tientsin, ending the Second Opium War, gives European powers new rights to intervene in Chinese affairsThe Fenian Brotherhood is founded by John O'Mahony, an Irish emigrant to the United States, to support Irish republican ambitions.
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