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Richard Garnett

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Richard Garnett

by William Strang
etching, 1899
7 7/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (200 mm x 142 mm) plate size; 11 1/2 in. x 7 7/8 in. (292 mm x 199 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D2742

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  • Richard Garnett (1835-1906), Writer and poet; Keeper of Printed Books, British Museum. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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  • William Strang (1859-1921), Painter and etcher. Artist or producer associated with 67 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.

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Current affairs

George Nathaniel Curzon, Lord Curzon, is appointed Viceroy of India, pursuing a mixed policy of forceful control and conciliation. Curzon's inquiries into Indian administration result in legislation in areas including education, irrigation, and policing. The Board of Education is created to co-ordinate the work of higher grade elementary schools, county technical schools and endowed grammar schools, also setting up a register of teachers.

Art and science

The Italian Guglielmo Marconi transmits the first wireless telegraph, between France and England across the English Channel, a distance of 32 miles. Marconi's production of waves over long distances lays the foundations for the development of the radio. Later this year, Marconi demonstrates his invention in America, at the Cup yacht race, and for the American navy.

International

Outbreak of the second Boer war, fought between the British Empire and the two independent Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. Despite a disastrous start, Britain quickly won the war, although guerilla warfare continued until 1902, leading to the introduction of concentration camps by British commander Lord Kitchener, a measure which contributes to the British public's growing disillusionment with the campaign.

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