- Extended Catalogue Entry
by James Jacques Tissot
oil on panel, 1870
19 5/8 in. x 24 in. (500 mm x 610 mm) overall
Sitterback to top
- Frederick Gustavus Burnaby (1842-1885), Soldier, traveller and balloonist. Sitter in 10 portraits.
Artistback to top
- James Jacques Tissot (1836-1902), French painter and printmaker. Artist of 66 portraits.
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An officer of the Royal Horse Guards with a gift for languages and a penchant for travel and exploration, Burnaby became renowned both for his exploits and his writings about them. A Ride to Khiva (1876), the narrative of a journey on horseback across three thousand miles of the Russian steppes in winter, and On Horseback through Asia Minor (1877), which described a tour of Asia Minor during which he fought on behalf of the Turks against the Russians, were both best-sellers. A huge man, nearly two metres (six feet four inches) tall, he was reputed to be the strongest man in the British army and was said to have once carried a pony under one arm. He was painted by Tissot in his uniform as a captain in the 3rd Household Cavalry.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Victorian Portraits Resource Pack, p. 24
- Funnell, Peter, Victorian Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1996, p. 24
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 56
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 94
- Howgate, Sarah (introduction) Auping, Michael (appreciation) Richardson, John (appreciation), Lucian Freud: Portraits, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 9 February to 28 May 2012), p. 16
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 235
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 126
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 138
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 138
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 90
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 156
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1870back to top
Current affairsWilliam Edward Forster's Education Act is passed, making provisions for education for all under-13s. It demonstrated the balance in Gladstone's first ministry between progressive reform and conservativism by spreading literacy, whilst maintaining the status of Church schools.
The Married Women's Property Act gives wives rights over their own earnings.
Art and scienceThe Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play and written with the aid of composer Mily Balakirev, debuts in Moscow, conducted by Nikolai Rubenstein.
W. G. Grace becomes cricket captain of Gloucestershire, marking the start of a successful decade for the club in which they won three 'Champion County' titles.
InternationalIsaac Butt, an Irish MP at Westminster, forms the Home Rule Association.
The Franco-Prussian war breaks out between France and a coalition of German states led by Prussia. Provoked by the candidacy of German Prince Leopold Hohenzollen-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne, France declared war in July after Bismark published the deliberately provocative Ems telegraph, in which the French were represented in an offensive light on the issue.
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On display at Le Petit Palais, Paris, France