William Eden Nesfield
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William Eden Nesfield
by Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon
pencil, gouache and charcoal, 1858
8 3/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (222 mm x 143 mm)
Given by John Hebb, 1899
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William Eden Nesfield was the son of the watercolourist and landscape-gardener William Nesfield. He studied architecture in the 1850s with his uncle Anthony Salvin, and for a short time with Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc in Paris. Nesfield, who travelled widely in Europe, later shared offices with Richard Norman Shaw from 1863-1876. Their careers as architects show a parallel development from Gothic towards a more intimate idiom which combined the influences of the mid-seventeenth century brick house and William-and-Mary Dutch architecture. It is not known how Nesfield met the French painter Brandon but the two men must have shared an interest in the art and architecture of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, which this portrait, with its medieval French inscription, distinctive calligraphy and archaic costume, evokes.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 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. 123
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 456
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Events of 1858back to top
Current affairsAfter Palmerstone's government collapses, the Earl of Derby becomes Prime Minister for second time, again heading a minority government.
The Property qualification for MPs is abolished; one of the demands made by the Chartists, this allowed men who did not own property to stand as parliamentary candidates. Lionel Nathan Rothschild becomes the first Jew to sit in Britain's House of Commons, taking his oath on the Old Testament.
Art and scienceThe pianist Charles Hallé founds a symphony orchestra in Manchester, the Halle; now Britain's oldest professional orchestra. The Hallé symphony rose to prominence in the mid-20th century, under the tenure of conductor John Barbirolli, during which time they made many recordings, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 8.
InternationalThe British Crown assumes control of India from the East India Company.
The Treaty of Tientsin, ending the Second Opium War, gives European powers new rights to intervene in Chinese affairs
The Fenian Brotherhood is founded by John O'Mahony, an Irish emigrant to the United States, to support Irish republican ambitions.
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