Sir John Richardson
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Sir John Richardson
by Stephen Pearce
oil on millboard, 1850
14 7/8 in. x 12 1/2 in. (378 mm x 318 mm)
Bequeathed by Jane, Lady Franklin, 1892
Sitterback to top
- Sir John Richardson (1787-1865), Arctic explorer and naturalist. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Stephen Pearce (1819-1904), Portrait and equestrian painter. Artist associated with 63 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Related worksback to top
- NPG 1208: The Arctic Council planning a search for Sir John Franklin (finished work)
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Events of 1850back to top
Current affairsCardinal Wiseman, a Catholic priest who had exerted a strong influence on the Oxford movement, is made a Cardinal and leader of the Catholic church in England, thus restoring Roman Catholic hierarchy in England.
Art and scienceDeath of poet laureate William Wordsworth; his great autobiographical poem The Prelude is published posthumously, famously charting the growth of the poet's mind.
Tennyson's In Memoriam is also published. A poignant record of his grief over the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, the poem also movingly questions the strength of faith in an increasingly scientific age.
InternationalUp to 50,000 pioneers travel west in wagons on the Oregon trail in the United States, one of the main overland migration routes across the continent. Spanning over half the continent, the trail led 2,170 miles through territories and land which would later become six US states, including Kansas, Wyoming and Oregon, helping the US to implement its goal of Manifest Destiny - building a nation spanning the North American continent.
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