3 of 3 portraits of John Forster
by Charles Henry Jeens
line and stipple engraving, circa 1850-1875
8 1/8 in. x 5 1/4 in. (205 mm x 133 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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Events of 1850back to top
Current affairsCardinal Wiseman, a Catholic priest who had exerted a strong influence on the Oxford movement, is made a Cardinal and leader of the Catholic church in England, thus restoring Roman Catholic hierarchy in England.
Art and scienceDeath of poet laureate William Wordsworth; his great autobiographical poem The Prelude is published posthumously, famously charting the growth of the poet's mind.
Tennyson's In Memoriam is also published. A poignant record of his grief over the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, the poem also movingly questions the strength of faith in an increasingly scientific age.