1 portrait of Madge Kendal
by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 September 1878
4 5/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (116 mm x 90 mm) image size
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- Dame Madge Kendal (née Margaret Shafto Robertson, later Grimston) (1848-1935), Actress; wife of William Hunter Kendal. Sitter in 44 portraits.
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Events of 1878back to top
Current affairsThe University of London becomes the first English university to admit women to examination and degree, although women had been allowed to attend classes at the University since 1830.
The former British Prime Minister Lord John Russell dies at Pembroke Lodge, in Surrey.
Art and scienceLibel trial between critic John Ruskin and artist Whistler, provoked after Ruskin's review of Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket accused Whistler of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face'. Whistler sued Ruskin, and although Ruskin was found guilty, he only had to pay one farthing in damages; the case bankrupted Whistler.
Frederic Leighton, the renowned painter and sculptor is elected President of the Royal Academy.