George Augustus Sala
George Augustus Sala
by Pollie Vernay
6 3/4 in. x 5 in. (171 mm x 127 mm) uneven
Given by Ernest E. Leggatt, 1912
Sitterback to top
- George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), Journalist. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This unusual portrait is inscribed by Sala: 'The very image of me!' He is shown in the study of his new home at Brighton. His friend Lord Ronald Sutherland Gower recorded that 'Sala is enjoying a kind of apotheosis, for, surrounded as he is by fifteen thousand books and collections of all sorts, he seems to be supremely happy.' The house was Sala's final extravagance and, debt-ridden, he was forced to sell his library the following year; he died soon afterwards.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 545
Events of 1894back to top
Current affairsFollowing Gladstone's resignation, Queen Victoria calls on the Liberal MP Archibald Primrose, the 5th Earl of Rosebery to become Prime Minister, a position he reluctantly accepts. His government is largely unsuccessful as the Tory-dominated House of Lords stop the whole of the Liberal's domestic legislation, and his foreign policy plans are defeated by internal Liberal disagreements.
Art and scienceThe Prince of Wales opens Tower Bridge, built over the Thames to improve access to the growing commercial district of the East End. The bridge was constructed from two bascules, or leaves, which could be raised to allow ships to pass underneath.
Rudyard Kipling's hugely popular collection of children's stories and poems, The Jungle Book, is published. The stories, based on Kipling's own experiences in India, have been adapted many times.
InternationalThe arrest and court-martial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer, opens up divisions in France over anti-semitism continuing until Dreyfus's exoneration in 1906. The French President Sadi Carnot is assassinated by an Italian anarchist in Lyon.
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia following the death of Alexander III.
Japan and China go to war over control of Korea, with the more modern Japanese army winning an easy victory.
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