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'Authors' (John Stuart Mill; Charles Lamb; Charles Kingsley; Herbert Spencer; John Ruskin; Charles Darwin)

6 of 11 portraits of Charles Lamb

'Authors' (John Stuart Mill; Charles Lamb; Charles Kingsley; Herbert Spencer; John Ruskin; Charles Darwin), published by Hughes & Edmonds, published 1876 - NPG Ax132900 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'Authors' (John Stuart Mill; Charles Lamb; Charles Kingsley; Herbert Spencer; John Ruskin; Charles Darwin)

published by Hughes & Edmonds
albumen print, published 1876
8 7/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (224 mm x 162 mm) image size
Given by Mrs Granville Proby, 1944
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax132900


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  • Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882), Naturalist, geologist and originator of the theory of evolution. Sitter in 32 portraits.
  • Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Novelist, Church of England clergyman and controversialist. Sitter in 46 portraits.
  • Charles Lamb (1775-1834), Essayist and poet. Sitter in 11 portraits.
  • John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), Social philosopher, economist and advocate of women's rights. Sitter in 20 portraits.
  • John Ruskin (1819-1900), Writer, artist and social reformer. Sitter associated with 77 portraits.
  • Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), Philosopher, social theorist and sociologist. Sitter in 22 portraits.

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Events of 1876back to top

Current affairs

Following the introduction of the Royal Titles Act, Queen Victoria is proclaimed Empress of India, with Disraeli deliberately flattering Victoria's imperialist ambitions. In turn, Victoria creates Disraeli Earl of Beaconsfield; he continues to run government from the Lords.

Art and science

The classical-subject painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, famous for his elegant depictions of the Roman Empire, paints An Audience at Agrippa's. US inventor Alexander Graham Bell invents and patents the telephone following research into vocal physiology and speech instruction for the deaf, after discovering that sound could be transmitted and reconverted through an electric wire by using a continuous electric current.

International

15,000 Bulgarian Christians are slaughtered by Turkish troops in retaliation for the killing of 300 Turks in Batak at the start of the Bulgarian uprising. The Turkish government practices further repression by compulsorily transferring people of other ethnicities to Bulgaria to make the Bulgarians a minority. Gladstone published a pamphlet The Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East attacking Turkish actions, selling 200,000 copies in a month.

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