- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Sir George Reid
oil on canvas, 1877
25 1/4 in. x 18 5/8 in. (641 mm x 474 mm) overall
Given by members of the sitter's family, 1904
Sitterback to top
- Samuel Smiles (1812-1904), Social reformer; author of 'Self Help'. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir George Reid (1841-1913), Portrait and landscape painter. Artist associated with 15 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Jeal, Tim; Calder, Angus; Driver, Felix; Cannizzo, Jeanne; Barringer, Tim; MacKenzie, John M., Livingstone: David Livingstone and the Victorian Encounter in Africa, 1996 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 March - 7 July 1996), p. 85
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 568
Events of 1877back to top
Current affairsTrial of social activists Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh following their publication of a book by the American birth-control campaigner Charles Knowlton, which suggested that working class families should be able to practice birth control. Although found guilty, the case was thrown out on a technical fault.
Art and scienceThe Grosevenor Gallery opens, founded by Sir Coutts Lindsay, as a rival to the Royal Academy. It exhibited work by artists such as Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane, outside of the British mainstream, and became famous as the home of the Aesthetic movement.
The first Lawn Tennis Championship is held at Wimbledon with around 20 male competitors, witnessed by a few hundred spectators. Spencer Gore the first singles champion, wins 12 guineas.
InternationalThe American inventor Thomas Edison invents the tin foil phonograph, combining the technologies of the telegraph and telephone. Experimenting with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, he recorded and played back the short message 'Mary had a little lamb'.
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