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Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt

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Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
platinotype cabinet card, circa 1870
5 5/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (144 mm x 100 mm) image size
Given by Robert R. Steele, 1939
Photographs Collection
NPG x4908


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William Edward Forster's Education Act is passed, making provisions for education for all under-13s. It demonstrated the balance in Gladstone's first ministry between progressive reform and conservativism by spreading literacy, whilst maintaining the status of Church schools. The Married Women's Property Act gives wives rights over their own earnings.

Art and science

The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play and written with the aid of composer Mily Balakirev, debuts in Moscow, conducted by Nikolai Rubenstein. W. G. Grace becomes cricket captain of Gloucestershire, marking the start of a successful decade for the club in which they won three 'Champion County' titles.

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Isaac Butt, an Irish MP at Westminster, forms the Home Rule Association. The Franco-Prussian war breaks out between France and a coalition of German states led by Prussia. Provoked by the candidacy of German Prince Leopold Hohenzollen-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne, France declared war in July after Bismark published the deliberately provocative Ems telegraph, in which the French were represented in an offensive light on the issue.

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Scott Thomas Buckle

2 February 2017, 15:42

Is this really a portrait of Philip Burne-Jones? The sitter does not resemble any of the other known photographic portraits of Philip Burne-Jones. The photograph bears the address of "70 Mortimer St", where Henry Herschel Hay Cameron operated from the mid 1880s, suggesting a date later than the given one of "circa 1870". The lettering of the platinotype cabinet card matches another from The Cameron Studio from 1893 (NPG Ax13951). Philip Burne-Jones was born in 1861; if the photograph is much later, (the style and medium of the photograph would suggest this) then the sitter is more likely to have been born c1880.

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