Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

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Engraving after 'Men of Science Living in 1807-8'

by George Zobel, and William Walker
engraving, 1862
24 3/4 in. x 42 7/8 in. (629 mm x 1089 mm)
Purchased, 1896
Primary Collection
NPG 1075a

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  • William Walker (1791-1867), Photographer, engraver and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 128 portraits.
  • George Zobel (1810-1881), Printmaker. Artist or producer associated with 55 portraits.

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  • NPG 1075: Men of Science Living in 1807-8 (source portrait)

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Current affairs

The Lancashire cotton famine, a depression in the north-west textile industry brought about by the American civil war, reaches its climax. With large numbers of mills closing after Confederate blockades halted cotton supplies, many Lancashire families were in receipt of relief.

Art and science

Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard carry out the first pasteurisation tests, the process of heating liquids at 55 degree Celsius or higher for short periods of time, destroying viruses and harmful organisms such as bacteria and yeast. .
Victor Hugo's novel Les Miserables is published, covering the Napoleonic wars. It traces the ex-convict Jean Valjean's character against wider questions of social and political justice, duty and love.

International

Otto Eduard Leopold Bismarck becomes Minister-President of Prussia, appointed by Wilhelm I after the liberal Diet refused to authorise funding for a proposed reorganisation of the army. Bismarck, intent on maintaining royal supremacy, engineers the Unification of Germany during his time in office.
John Hanning Speke claims to have found the source of the Nile, proving that the Victoria Nile issued from the north end of lake Victoria, over Ripon Falls.

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