1 portrait on display in Room 28: wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery
by Rupert Potter
albumen print, September 1871
3 7/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. (99 mm x 70 mm) image size
Given by Rupert Potter, 1873
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Sitterback to top
- John Bright (1811-1889), Statesman and orator. Sitter associated with 94 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Rupert Potter (1832-1914), Barrister and photographer; father of Beatrix Potter. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Potter also signed this print on the reverse.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends (13 May 2014 - 16 November 2014)
Events of 1871back to top
Current affairsGladstone's first ministry continues with its programme of reform, with an overhaul of the civil service which is opened to public examination. The University Test Acts allow non-members of the Church of England to hold posts at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The Trade Union Act granted full legal status to trade union organisations, although the Criminal Law Amendment Act banned picketing.
The first FA Cup competition is held.
Art and scienceThe Penny Farthing, the first efficient bicycle, is invented by British engineer, James Starley.
The artist James Whistler paints a portrait of his mother, calling the nearly monochromatic portrait Arrangement in Grey and Black. Although now one of Whistler's most recognisable paintings, it was nearly rejected by the Royal Academy at first.