Sir Henry Irving
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Sir Henry Irving
by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
silhouette, late 1890s
14 1/4 in. x 10 1/2 in. (361 mm x 266 mm) overall
Given by the artist's son, Norman Carruthers Gould, 1946
Sitterback to top
- Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) (1838-1905), Actor-manager. Sitter in 122 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') (1844-1925), Cartoonist and journalist. Artist associated with 137 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Irving is shown in the mid-1890s taking a stroll with his faithful dog Fussy. He is presented in the mould of the respectable late Victorian gentleman with top hat and cane. The dog indicates a touch of gentle humour, carried through with the slightly exaggerated profile.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 328
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1897back to top
Current affairsQueen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee is marked by a series of celebratory events, and attended by eleven colonial prime ministers following the Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain's proposal that the Jubilee be made a festival of the British Empire.
The Workmen's Compensation Act gives workmen a right to a limited compensation in every case of injury by accident arising from the course of employment; it is a landmark piece of legislation in employment law.
Art and scienceBram Stoker's Dracula is first published.
Henry Tate of the Tate and Lyle sugar company donates his art collection to the nation, buying land and building a gallery space for it (now Tate Britain).
Physician and psychologist Havelock Ellis publishes the first volume of his Studies in the Psychology of Sex, and the English physicist John Thompson discovers the existence of the electron.
InternationalThe burning of Benin city by Britain takes place, known also as the Punitive Exhibition of 1897. The excursion, led by Admiral Sir Harry Rawson, was a response to an attack by Benin warriors on a British delegation sent to settle a dispute over customs duties collected by British traders. During the expedition the British Admiralty destroyed much of the city's treasured art, including the Benin Bronzes, auctioning off the rest as war booty to recoup costs.
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