- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
oil on canvas, 1876
23 7/8 in. x 19 7/8 in. (608 mm x 506 mm) overall
Bequeathed by the artist's widow, 1951
Artistback to top
- Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937), Actor and theatre manager. Artist associated with 2 portraits, Sitter in 74 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 609
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1876back to top
Current affairsFollowing the introduction of the Royal Titles Act, Queen Victoria is proclaimed Empress of India, with Disraeli deliberately flattering Victoria's imperialist ambitions. In turn, Victoria creates Disraeli Earl of Beaconsfield; he continues to run government from the Lords.
Art and scienceThe classical-subject painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, famous for his elegant depictions of the Roman Empire, paints An Audience at Agrippa's.
US inventor Alexander Graham Bell invents and patents the telephone following research into vocal physiology and speech instruction for the deaf, after discovering that sound could be transmitted and reconverted through an electric wire by using a continuous electric current.