2 of 2 portraits of Robert Hollond
by George Thomas Doo
line engraving, 1879
15 in. x 12 1/4 in. (381 mm x 311 mm) plate size; 17 1/2 in. x 13 7/8 in. (444 mm x 354 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Sitterback to top
- Robert Hollond (1808-1877), Lawyer, balloonist and politician; MP for Hastings. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- George Thomas Doo (1800-1886), Engraver. Artist associated with 32 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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.