by John McLure Hamilton
oil on canvas, circa 1895
17 1/2 in. x 22 1/4 in. (445 mm x 565 mm)
Given by James Bourlet & Sons, 1959
Sitterback to top
- Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), Philosopher, social theorist and sociologist. Sitter in 22 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John McLure Hamilton (1853-1936), Painter and illustrator; official painter to William Gladstone. Artist of 8 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 580
Events of 1895back to top
Current affairsOscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is first performed, the same year that he is imprisoned for homosexual offences following accusations made against him by the eighth Marquess of Queensbury. Whilst in prison, Wilde wrote De Profundis, a letter addressed to his former lover, Queensbury's son Lord Alfred Douglas, attacking him for his role in Wilde's imprisonment.
Prime Minister Lord Rosebery resigns and is succeeded by Salisbury.
Art and scienceThe Lumiere brothers hold the first public screening of movies at Paris's Salon Indien du Grand Café, featuring ten short films recorded with Leon Bouly's cinematographe device, recognised as the birth of cinema as a commercial medium.
Henry Irving, the celebrated actor and theatre manager, becomes the first actor to receive a knighthood.