James Andrew Broun Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie

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James Andrew Broun Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie

by Sir John Watson-Gordon
oil on canvas, 1847
95 1/2 in. x 59 1/2 in. (2425 mm x 1511 mm)
Given by the artist's brother, Henry George Watson, 1865
Primary Collection
NPG 188

Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • Sir John Watson-Gordon (1788-1864), Portrait and historical subject painter. Artist or producer associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Bayly, Christopher, The Raj: India and the British 1600-1947, 1990 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 19 October 1990 - 17 March 1991), p. 232
  • Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 128
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 162

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The 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, and drew up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).}
Death and emigration resulting from starvation, plague and disease during worst year of the Great Famine in Ireland, known as Black 47.

Art and science

A good year for novels: Emily Bronte's passionate, rebellious and gothic Wuthering Heightsis published, followed shortly by her sister Charlotte's 'Jane Eyre, a story of a governess's struggle for liberty from social and gender constrictions. Drawing on a similar vein of revolution and rebellious women, William Thackeray's satirical novel Vanity Fair is serialised.

International


The Don Pacifico affair sparks an international incident, when the Jewish trader's business was burned in an anti-semitic attack in Athens. When the Greek government refused to compensate him, Gibraltar-born Pacifico appealed to the British government. Foreign Minister Palmerston sent a squadron into the Aegean in 1850 to seize goods of the equivalent value, leading to strained relations with Turkey and Russia, and heated debates in Parliament.

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