Sir John Bowring
11 of 18 portraits of Sir John Bowring
Sir John Bowring
by James Stephenson, after Charles Allen Duval
mixed-method engraving, 1844
14 1/2 in. x 11 in. (367 mm x 280 mm) plate size; 21 5/8 in. x 16 1/8 in. (548 mm x 409 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
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- Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), Political economist, traveller and the 4th Governor of Hong Kong. Sitter in 18 portraits.
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Current affairsBritain 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'.
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