by William Rothenstein
oil on canvas, 1895
21 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (546 mm x 445 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 2005
Sitterback to top
- James Thomas ('Frank') Harris (1856-1931), Journalist and rogue. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir William Rothenstein (1872-1945), Artist and teacher of art. Artist associated with 221 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.
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Events of 1895back to top
Current affairsOscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is first performed, the same year that he is imprisoned for homosexual offences following accusations made against him by the eighth Marquess of Queensbury. Whilst in prison, Wilde wrote De Profundis, a letter addressed to his former lover, Queensbury's son Lord Alfred Douglas, attacking him for his role in Wilde's imprisonment.
Prime Minister Lord Rosebery resigns and is succeeded by Salisbury.
Art and scienceThe Lumiere brothers hold the first public screening of movies at Paris's Salon Indien du Grand Café, featuring ten short films recorded with Leon Bouly's cinematographe device, recognised as the birth of cinema as a commercial medium.
Henry Irving, the celebrated actor and theatre manager, becomes the first actor to receive a knighthood.