Men of Science Living in 1807-8

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Men of Science Living in 1807-8

by Sir John Gilbert, and Frederick John Skill, and William Walker, and Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds)
pencil and wash, 1858-1862
32 1/8 in. x 53 in. (815 mm x 1346 mm)
Purchased, 1896
Primary Collection
NPG 1075

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  • Sir John Gilbert (1817-1897), Painter and illustrator. Artist or producer associated with 10 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
  • Frederick John Skill (1824-1881), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.
  • Elizabeth Walker (née Reynolds) (1800-1876), Miniature painter. Artist or producer associated with 10 portraits.
  • William Walker (1791-1867), Photographer, engraver and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 131 portraits.

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  • NPG 1075a: Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8' (after)
  • NPG 1075b: Key to engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8' (key)
  • NPG 1383a: 'Two sketches for 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8' (sketch)

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Current affairs

After Palmerston's government collapses, the Earl of Derby becomes Prime Minister for second time, again heading a minority government.
The Property qualification for MPs is abolished; one of the demands made by the Chartists, this allowed men who did not own property to stand as parliamentary candidates. Lionel Nathan Rothschild becomes the first Jew to sit in Britain's House of Commons, taking his oath on the Old Testament.

Art and science

The pianist Charles Hallé founds a symphony orchestra in Manchester, the Halle; now Britain's oldest professional orchestra. The Hallé symphony rose to prominence in the mid-20th century, under the tenure of conductor John Barbirolli, during which time they made many recordings, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 8.


The British Crown assumes control of India from the East India Company.
The Treaty of Tientsin, ending the Second Opium War, gives European powers new rights to intervene in Chinese affairs
The Fenian Brotherhood is founded by John O'Mahony, an Irish emigrant to the United States, to support Irish republican ambitions.

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