1 portrait of Sir David Brewster
by William Brassey Hole
etching, published 1884
8 5/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (219 mm x 138 mm) plate size; 15 5/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (397 mm x 265 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Artistback to top
- William Brassey Hole (1846-1917), Painter, etcher and engraver. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Sittersback to top
- John Hutton Balfour (1808-1884), Botanist. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- John Hughes Bennett (1812-1875), Physician and physiologist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir David Brewster (1781-1868), Natural philosopher and academic administrator. Sitter in 18 portraits.
- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist. Sitter associated with 82 portraits.
- Sir Robert Christison, 1st Bt (1797-1882), Toxicologist and physician. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- eEdward Forbes (1815-1854), Naturalist. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- James David Forbes (1809-1868), Physicist and geologist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Goodsir (1814-1867), Anatomist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir William Stirling Hamilton, Bt (1788-1856), Philosopher. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Philip Kelland (1808-1879), Mathematician. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Lee (1779-1859), Church of Scotland minister and university principal. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Robert Lee (1804-1868), Church of Scotland minister. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- James Pillans (1778-1864), Classicist and educational reformer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir James Young Simpson, 1st Bt (1811-1870), Physician and obstetrician. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- James Syme (1799-1870), Surgeon. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Sir Charles Wyville Thomson (1830-1882), Naturalist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1884back to top
Current affairsThe Third Reform Act further reduces the financial threshold for voters, extending the franchise to all householders in the counties, achieving uniformity with those in the boroughs, and effectively doubling the electorate from 2.5 million to just under 5 million.
Foundation of the socialist group, the Fabian Society. The group quickly grows in size, including members Eleanor Marx, George Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb.