William Ewart Gladstone
William Ewart Gladstone
by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print on card mount, 25 April 1890
11 1/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (284 mm x 237 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), Prime Minister and writer. Sitter associated with 315 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Eveleen Myers (née Tennant) (1856-1937), Photographer. Artist associated with 203 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This photograph appeared as a photogravure in April 1891 in an issue of Sun Artists that ran a special feature by John Addington Symonds on Evelleen Myers's photography. This journal sought to 'reproduce the best work of the best photographers in the best possible manner' and championed the cause of portraiture photography against the traditional bias to favouring painted portraits.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- William Ewart Gladstone (1 September 2008 - 29 March 2009)
Events of 1890back to top
Current affairsWilliam Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, publishes In Darkest England, in which he compares the supposedly 'civilised' England with 'Darkest Africa'. A critique of the degenerate state of society, Booth also proposed social welfare schemes to alleviate the sufferings of the urban poor.The world's first electric underground railway opens to the public in London, passing under the Thames and linking the City of London and Stockwell.
Art and scienceWilliam Morris founds the Kelmscott Press, a revival of art and craft techniques of book printing. Publications included The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896), with decorative designs and typeface by Morris and illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Vincent Van Gogh dies after shooting himself in the chest in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray first appears in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine .
InternationalCecil Rhodes, organiser of the diamond-mining De Beers Consolidated Mines, becomes premier of Cape Colony as part of his expansionist aims in South Africa. In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II dismisses Otto von Bismarck.An international anti-slavery conference is held in Brussels, leading to the signing of a treaty by all the major maritime nations covering action to be taken against the trade in Africa and suppression of it by sea.
Exhibitions and displays
- BSL Gallery Tour: A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
30 March, 19:30