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Le retour de l'âge d'or.
by Honoré Daumier Click on the links below to find out more
lithograph, published 12 February 1856
10 in. x 14 1/4 in. (254 mm x 361 mm) paper size
- John Bright (1811-1889), Statesman and orator. Sitter associated with 94 portraits.
- Richard Cobden (1804-1865), Politician; MP for several constituencies, manufacturer and free trade campaigner. Sitter in 50 portraits.
- Mr Patterson (active 1856), Connected with the Paris Peace negotiations of 1856. Sitter associated with 2 portraits.
Queen Victoria introduces the Victoria cross, an award for British soldiers who displayed exceptional valour in battle. Each medal was produced from Russian guns captured in the British war. In 2006, Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry became the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross since 1965, for his actions in the Iraq war.
Art and science
The National Portrait Gallery is founded by Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl of Stanhope, Thomas Babington Macaulay, and Thomas Carlyle, all biographers and historians. Historical rather than artistic in focus, the Gallery's aim was to collect original portraits of outstanding figures from British history, notably from politics, the arts, literature and science. Elizabeth Barrett Browning publishes her epic and autobiographical poem Aurora Leigh
The Treaty of Paris ends the Crimean war. Russia concedes to the Anglo-French-Austrian Four Points of August 1854 including the guarantee of Ottoman sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia also agreed to a demilitarisation of the land islands in the Baltics, a term which lasted until the outbreak of the First World War.Britain launches the second Opium war against China.