Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone

1 portrait of Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone

Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone, by George J. Stodart, after  Henry Tanworth Wells, 1884 or before - NPG D9590 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone

by George J. Stodart, after Henry Tanworth Wells
stipple engraving, 1884 or before
11 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (298 mm x 223 mm) plate size; 21 7/8 in. x 14 7/8 in. (557 mm x 378 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1929
Reference Collection
NPG D9590


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Artistsback to top

  • George J. Stodart (active 1884-1892), Engraver. Artist associated with 29 portraits.
  • Henry Tanworth Wells (1828-1903), Miniature and portrait painter. Artist associated with 107 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D20733: Richard Everard Webster, Viscount Alverstone (from same plate)

Events of 1884back to top

Current affairs

The 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.

Art and science

Under the editorship of James Murray, the Oxford English Dictionary begins publication, with the tenth and final volume appearing 1928. The idea for a historical dictionary of the English language had been conceived by members of the Philological Society in 1857, including Frederick Furnivall, and some 800 voluntary readers contributed to the immense project.

International

Germany annexes Southwest Africa, Togoland, the Cameroons, and Tanganyike, and launches the scramble for Africa as it becomes the third largest colonial power in the continent. Bismarck also invites the European powers to a West Africa conference in Berlin, which, carving up the map of Africa between them, regulates colonial practice, frees trade and prohibits slavery, formally marking the start of the New Imperialism which would flourish until World War I.

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