15 of 78 portraits of H.G. Wells
by Mayall & Newman Ltd
cabinet card, late 1890s
5 3/8 in. x 4 in. (136 mm x 102 mm) image size
Given by Gabrielle Enthoven, 1931
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- Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), Novelist and social commentator. Sitter associated with 78 portraits.
Events of 1897back to top
Current affairsQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee is marked by a series of celebratory events, and attended by eleven colonial prime ministers following the Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain's proposal that the Jubilee be made a festival of the British Empire.
The Workmen's Compensation Act gives workmen a right to a limited compensation in every case of injury by accident arising from the course of employment; it is a landmark piece of legislation in employment law.
Art and scienceBram Stoker's Dracula is first published.
Henry Tate of the Tate and Lyle sugar company donates his art collection to the nation, buying land and building a gallery space for it (now Tate Britain).
Physician and psychologist Havelock Ellis publishes the first volume of his Studies in the Psychology of Sex, and the English physicist John Thompson discovers the existence of the electron.