© National Portrait Gallery, London
by George J. Stodart, published by John Samuel Murray, after Henry William Pickersgill Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, late 19th century
8 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (225 mm x 148 mm) plate size; 9 3/4 in. x 6 3/8 in. (248 mm x 163 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1954
- John Samuel Murray (1778-1843), Publisher. Artist associated with 36 portraits, Sitter associated with 5 portraits.
- Henry William Pickersgill (1782-1875), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 108 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- George J. Stodart (active 1884-1892), Engraver. Artist associated with 29 portraits.
- NPG D36168: Mountstuart Elphinstone (from same plate)
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.