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May Yohé as Little Christopher Columbus

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May Yohé as Little Christopher Columbus, by Alfred Ellis, 1893 - NPG x12576 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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May Yohé as Little Christopher Columbus

by Alfred Ellis
albumen cabinet card, 1893
5 5/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (144 mm x 104 mm) image size
Given by Royal College of Music, 1977
Photographs Collection
NPG x12576


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  • Mary Augusta ('May') Yohé (1866 or 1869-1938), Actress and singer; former wife of 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne and of Putnam Bradlee Strong, and later wife of John Addey Smuts. Sitter in 8 portraits.

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  • Alfred Ellis (active 1884-1899). Artist associated with 180 portraits.

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Current affairs

Keir Hardie is among the group who formalise the Independent Labour Party, and is elected chairman and party leader at the opening conference. Gladstone continues with his campaign for home rule in Ireland, introducing the Second Home Rule Bill, which is passed by the Commons but vetoed by the Lords.

Art and science

Art Nouveau becomes a fully established movement in European art and design, after emerging in different countries and across different disciplines at the start of the decade. Key figures include the illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, architects Victor Horta and Paul Hankar, and the designer Alphonse Mucha. Art Nouveau is characterised by the 'whiplash' line, a decorative line which represents graphically the desire to break free from traditional aesthetic constraints.

International

Gandhi's ejection from a South African train carriage on account of his race is the catalyst for his non-violent activism in leading the struggle for Indian independence from British rule. New Zealand becomes the first self-governing country to grant women the vote. The Chicago World's Fair is visited by more than 200 million people, with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse introducing electrical power to illuminate the fair.

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