Hon. James Wilson
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Hon. James Wilson
by Sir John Watson-Gordon
oil on canvas, 1858
50 1/8 in. x 40 in. (1273 mm x 1016 mm)
Given by the sitter's daughter, Mrs Russell Barrington, 1928
Sitterback to top
- Hon. James Wilson (1805-1860), Scottish businessman, liberal politician and founder of 'The Economist'. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir John Watson-Gordon (1788-1864), Portrait and historical subject painter. Artist associated with 40 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 517
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 668
Events of 1858back to top
Current affairsAfter Palmerstone's government collapses, the Earl of Derby becomes Prime Minister for second time, again heading a minority government.
The Property qualification for MPs is abolished; one of the demands made by the Chartists, this allowed men who did not own property to stand as parliamentary candidates. Lionel Nathan Rothschild becomes the first Jew to sit in Britain's House of Commons, taking his oath on the Old Testament.
Art and scienceThe pianist Charles Hallé founds a symphony orchestra in Manchester, the Halle; now Britain's oldest professional orchestra. The Hallé symphony rose to prominence in the mid-20th century, under the tenure of conductor John Barbirolli, during which time they made many recordings, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 8.
InternationalThe British Crown assumes control of India from the East India Company.
The Treaty of Tientsin, ending the Second Opium War, gives European powers new rights to intervene in Chinese affairs
The Fenian Brotherhood is founded by John O'Mahony, an Irish emigrant to the United States, to support Irish republican ambitions.