William Eden Nesfield
- Extended Catalogue Entry
William Eden Nesfield
by Sir William Blake Richmond
pencil and chalk, circa 1859
17 3/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. (452 mm x 323 mm)
Given by Eric George Millar, 1964
Artistback to top
- Sir William Blake Richmond (1842-1921), Painter; son of George Richmond. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
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. 122
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 456
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Victorian Chalk Portraits (12 January 2010 - 5 September 2010)
Events of 1859back to top
Current affairsFormation of the first Liberal cabinet, following the dissolution of Parliament in light of the Liberal and opposition member Lord Russell's introduction of a resolution arguing for widening the franchise, carried because the Conservatives, the ruling party, only have a minority. Palmerston holds a meeting of Whigs, Peelites and Radicals, from which the Liberal Party is formed, and the Queen later invites him to become Prime Minister.
Art and scienceCharles Darwin's The Origin of the Species is published, in which he sets out his theory of evolution based on the process of natural selection, species mutation, and survival of the fittest.
The engineer Joseph Bazalgette begins work on constructing the London sewerage system, following the 'Big Stink' of the preceding summer. Bazalgette's system, now extended, continues to serve London.
InternationalOutbreak of war between an alliance of France and Italian nationalists, and Austria. Napoleon III signs an armistice with Austria. However, pressure from Britain, supporting Italian unification to counterweight French and Austrian influence, leads to success for Italian nationalists.
The first oil well is drilled in America, after Edwin Drake's discovery in Titusville, Pennsylvania, transforming a quiet farming region into Oil Creek.
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