Cecil John Rhodes
Cecil John Rhodes
by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
pen and ink, circa 1896
4 1/2 in. x 8 1/8 in. (114 mm x 207 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902), Imperialist, statesman in South Africa and mining entrepreneur. Sitter in 26 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') (1844-1925), Cartoonist and journalist. Artist associated with 135 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This is one of many cartoons by Gould concerning the inquiries of a parliamentary select committee into the notorious Jameson raid of 1896, whereby Rhodes had sought to unseat the government of President Kruger in South Africa. Although Rhodes was censured by the South African Committee, the government resisted calls to punish him, Chamberlain claiming he had done nothing affecting his 'personal position as a man of honour'.
Events of 1896back to top
Current affairsQueen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest-reigning monarch in Britain.
The first speeding conviction is given to Walter Arnold of Kent, for exceeding the limit of 2 mph.
William Morris, the author, designer and prominent socialist, dies at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, aged 62.
Art and scienceDan Leno, creator of the Pantomine Dame, is signed to Drury Lane theatre company, where he stays for sixteen years, playing some of the best known Pantomine characters.
Henry Ford builds his first gasoline-powered car. Running on four bicycle wheels it was dubbed the 'Quadricycle'; its success contributed to the founding of the Ford Motor Company in 1903.
InternationalThe first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, organised by the International Olympic Committee, formed in Paris in 1894. Events included athletics, cycling, weightlifting and wrestling, with around fourteen nations competing.
Rhodes resigns as Cape Colony Prime Minister after refusing to repudiate Jameson for his part in the raid on the Transvaal.