© National Portrait Gallery, London
Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
by Georges Labadie Pilotell Click on the links below to find out more
drypoint, published 1878
16 in. x 12 1/8 in. (405 mm x 307 mm) plate size; 17 5/8 in. x 12 7/8 in. (448 mm x 328 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- Georges Labadie Pilotell (1844-1918), Drypoint etcher, lithographer of portraits, caricaturist and designer. Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- NPG D21537: Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield (from same plate)
The University of London becomes the first English university to admit women to examination and degree, although women had been allowed to attend classes at the University since 1830.The former British Prime Minister Lord John Russell dies at Pembroke Lodge, in Surrey.
Art and science
Libel trial between critic John Ruskin and artist Whistler, provoked after Ruskin's review of Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket
accused Whistler of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face'. Whistler sued Ruskin, and although Ruskin was found guilty, he only had to pay one farthing in damages; the case bankrupted Whistler. Frederic Leighton, the renowned painter and sculptor is elected President of the Royal Academy.
The Treaty of Berlin is signed following the end of the Turkish-Russo war (1877-8). In a major shake-up of the Balkans, Bulgaria became autonomous, and Serbia, Montenegro, and Romania gained independence and territory, and Bosnia-Herzegovina was assigned to Austria for administration. The British delegation, including Lord Russell and Disraeli, score diplomatic success in limiting Russian influence in the Balkans, continuing to prop up Turkey.