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Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888

1 of 4 portraits of Laura Theresa (née Epps), Lady Alma-Tadema

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Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1888

by Henry Jamyn Brooks
oil on canvas, 1889
60 7/8 in. x 106 7/8 in. (1545 mm x 2715 mm)
Given by Henry Jamyn Brooks, 1919
Primary Collection
NPG 1833

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The London Dock strike takes place resulting in a victory for the dock workers striking over pay and conditions.
Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act, allowing legal intervention between children and parents for the first time.
Charles Booth, the English social scientist, publishes the first volume of Life and Labour of the People, an extensive survey into the living conditions of London's East End working class communities.

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George Gissing's The Nether World, a dark account of the lives of the urban poor in Clerkenwell, is published. Gissing absorbs the French naturalist style of writers such as Emile Zola to produce a harshly realistic observation of life in London at the end of the nineteenth century.


The Eiffel Tower is erected, designed by the French engineer and bridge builder Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the Paris Exposition. At 300m high, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world at the time.
The Second International organisation is formed at a Congress in Paris by various socialist and labour parties, with the intention of working together for international socialism. It also declared 1 May International Labour Day.

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Margaret Friday

20 July 2018, 13:01

Rubens Apotheosis of the Duke of Buckingham was on loan to the winter Exhibition 1888 by the 7th Earl of Jersey. It was on the ceiling above the staircase at Osterley Park House until the 9th Earl gave the house to the National Trust in 1949. At that time all the major paintings were sent to his house on Jersey. They were in a store whilst a gallery was being prepared. Unfortunately the store caught fire and many important paintings including the Rubens Duke of Buckingham on horseback perished along with Joshua Reynolds portrait of Robert Child described in the exhibition list.