George Augustus Sala
George Augustus Sala
by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, published in The Graphic 16 March 1889
7 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (197 mm x 251 mm)
Given by the artist's son, Harry Reginald Holland Hall, 1928
Sitterback to top
- George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), Journalist. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922), Portrait painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 152 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This apparently informal sketch shows Sala at the Royal Courts of Justice during the notorious Parnell Commission. The hearings followed the publication of letters in The Times linking the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, Charles Stewart Parnell, with Fenian crimes. Sala became personally involved in the case when he was asked to witness the confession of Richard Pigott to forging the Parnell letters. Sala's wry account of the episode was a particular coup for the Daily Telegraph and appreciably boosted its circulation.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 545
Events of 1889back to top
Current affairsThe London Dock strike takes place resulting in a victory for the dock workers striking over pay and conditions.
Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act, allowing legal intervention between children and parents for the first time.
Charles Booth, the English social scientist, publishes the first volume of Life and Labour of the People, an extensive survey into the living conditions of London's East End working class communities.
Art and scienceGeorge Gissing's The Nether World, a dark account of the lives of the urban poor in Clerkenwell, is published. Gissing absorbs the French naturalist style of writers such as Emile Zola to produce a harshly realistic observation of life in London at the end of the nineteenth century.
InternationalThe Eiffel Tower is erected, designed by the French engineer and bridge builder Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the Paris Exposition. At 300m high, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world at the time.
The Second International organisation is formed at a Congress in Paris by various socialist and labour parties, with the intention of working together for international socialism. It also declared 1 May International Labour Day.
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