George Stephenson

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George Stephenson, by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, after  John Lucas, published 1849 - NPG D13734 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Stephenson

by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, after John Lucas
mixed-method engraving, published 1849
31 7/8 in. x 20 1/2 in. (811 mm x 522 mm) plate size; 36 1/4 in. x 23 7/8 in. (920 mm x 607 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1933
Reference Collection
NPG D13734


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  • George Stephenson (1781-1848), Inventor of the railway-engine. Sitter in 9 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Thomas Lewis Atkinson (1817-circa 1890), Engraver. Artist associated with 45 portraits.
  • John Lucas (1807-1874), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 32 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Events of 1849back to top

Current affairs

Benjamin Disraeli becomes Conservative leader in the House of Commons. Bedford College for Women is founded, following on from the foundation of Queen's College for Women the previous year. Henry Mayhew, the social researcher and reform advocate, begins publishing his extensive statistical survey into the living conditions of urban communities, London Labour and the London Poor in the Morning Chronicle.

Art and science

With the death of his father Johann Strauss the Elder, Johann Baptist Strauss, the Austrian violinist and composer combines his and his father's orchestra, becoming known as 'the Waltz King'. His famous waltzes include The Blue Danube (1867). Dante Gabriel Rossetti paints his sister, the poet Christina, in The Girlhood of Mary Virgin.

International

Rome is briefly proclaimed a republic after the papal states are overthrown by Italian republicans. Napoleon's dependency on French Catholics leads him however to help restore papal authority. The restoration of Austrian military rule in Italy further darkens hopes of a self-ruling Italian nationhood. Communist riots are suppressed in Paris.

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