13 of 37 portraits of John Newman
by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1879
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. (87 mm x 56 mm) image size
acquired Harrison Collection, 1952
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Artistback to top
- Henry Joseph Whitlock (1835-1918), Photographer; son of Joseph Whitlock and older brother of Frederick Whitlock. Artist associated with 132 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, West Midlands (photographer's studio, 11 New Street, Birmingham)
Events of 1879back to top
Current affairsWomen's education continues to grow, with the founding of women's colleges in Oxford. Somerville College took its name from the late Scottish scientific writer Mary Somerville. Lady Margaret Hall was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth, great niece of the poet, and named after Margaret Beaufort, a medieval noblewoman and mother of Henry VII.
Art and scienceEdison invents the first practical electric light bulb.
The first prehistoric paintings, dating back 14,000 years, are discovered in the Altamira caves in Northern Spain when a young girl notices paintings of bison on the ceilings.
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, already acclaimed for roles in plays such as Racine's Phèdre and Victor Hugo's Hernani, celebrates a successful season at London's Gaiety Theatre.