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Lady Strachey and family

4 of 4 portraits of Elizabeth Rendel

Lady Strachey and family, by Unknown photographer, early 1890 - NPG x26141 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lady Strachey and family

by Unknown photographer
platinum print on card mount, early 1890
10 1/4 in. x 13 in. (261 mm x 330 mm) image size
Purchased, 1979
Photographs Collection
NPG x26141


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William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, publishes In Darkest England, in which he compares the supposedly 'civilised' England with 'Darkest Africa'. A critique of the degenerate state of society, Booth also proposed social welfare schemes to alleviate the sufferings of the urban poor. The world's first electric underground railway opens to the public in London, passing under the Thames and linking the City of London and Stockwell.

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William Morris founds the Kelmscott Press, a revival of art and craft techniques of book printing. Publications included The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896), with decorative designs and typeface by Morris and illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Vincent Van Gogh dies after shooting himself in the chest in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray first appears in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine .

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Cecil Rhodes, organiser of the diamond-mining De Beers Consolidated Mines, becomes premier of Cape Colony as part of his expansionist aims in South Africa. In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II dismisses Otto von Bismarck. An international anti-slavery conference is held in Brussels, leading to the signing of a treaty by all the major maritime nations covering action to be taken against the trade in Africa and suppression of it by sea.

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