© National Portrait Gallery, London
printed and published by The Autotype Company, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
photogravure, late 19th century (circa 1777-1778)
13 in. x 10 1/4 in. (331 mm x 260 mm) plate size; 17 in. x 12 1/2 in. (432 mm x 317 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), Painter. Sitter in 9 portraits, Artist associated with 21 portraits.
- The Autotype Company (active 1868-), Reproductive engravers, printers and publishers. Artist associated with 45 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG D36750: Angelica Kauffmann (based on same portrait)
- NPG D14701: Angelica Kauffmann (based on same portrait)
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.
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.