2 of 4 portraits of Frederick Gerald Finch Byng
by Alfred, Count D'Orsay
pencil and chalk, 1847
12 1/4 in. x 9 in. (310 mm x 230 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Frederick Gerald Finch Byng (1784-1871), Gentleman Usher of the Royal Chamber; son of 5th Viscount Torrington. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Alfred, Count D'Orsay (1801-1852), Amateur artist and man of fashion. Artist associated with 266 portraits, Sitter associated with 13 portraits.
Events of 1847back to top
Current affairsThe 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to effectively a maximum of ten hours a day.
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