12 of 15 portraits of George Grote
by Sir George Scharf
pen and ink, 1861
6 in. x 4 in. (153 mm x 102 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by Richard O'Donoghue, 2004
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Sitterback to top
- George Grote (1794-1871), Classical historian and Liberal politician; MP for City of London. Sitter in 15 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir George Scharf (1820-1895), Artist and art historian; first Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Artist associated with 80 portraits, Sitter in 79 portraits.
Events of 1861back to top
Current affairsDeath of Prince Albert, from typhoid fever. Queen Victoria goes into a long period of mourning, withdrawing from public duties, and becomes known by the satirical title 'Widow of Windsor'.
Art and scienceMrs Beeton's Book of Household Management is published by her husband Sidney, who successfully maintained the Beeton brand after his wife's early death seven years later. The highly popular book, containing recipes and advice for housekeeping, appealed to the Victorian belief that a woman's role was managing the home.
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company is founded, marking the start of the arts and crafts movement.