'The Doubtful Card'
4 of 24 portraits of Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen
'The Doubtful Card'
by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, published in The Graphic 2 March 1889
8 7/8 in. x 12 in. (227 mm x 305 mm)
Given by the artist's son, Harry Reginald Holland Hall, 1928
Artistback to top
- Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922), Portrait painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 152 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Michael Davitt (1846-1906), Irish revolutionary and labour agitator. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- Henry James, 1st Baron James of Hereford (1828-1911), Barrister, Attorney-General and politician; MP for Taunton and Bury. Sitter in 24 portraits. Identify
- Sir George Henry Lewis, 1st Bt (1833-1911), Solicitor. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
- John Patrick Murphy (1831-1907), One of the Counsel to The Times. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891), Politican; land reform agitator and the founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. Sitter in 15 portraits. Identify
- Charles Arthur Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen (1832-1900), Lord Chief Justice. Sitter in 24 portraits. Identify
- William Thomas Stead (1849-1912), Journalist, newspaper editor and spiritualist. Sitter in 12 portraits. Identify
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cullen, Fintan, The Irish Face: Redefining the Irish Portrait, 2004, p. 195
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1889back to top
Current affairsThe 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.
Art and scienceGeorge 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.
InternationalThe 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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