Frederick William Robertson
1 portrait matching these criteria:
Frederick William Robertson
by William Edward Kilburn
hand-coloured, sixth-plate daguerreotype, late 1840s
2 3/4 in. x 2 1/4 in. (70 mm x 57 mm) oval
Transferred from National Portrait Gallery Reference Collection, 1976
Artistback to top
- William Edward Kilburn (1818-1891), Photographer. Artist associated with 70 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 10 Read entry
Frederick William Robertson (1816-53), also known as Robertson of Brighton, was a charismatic Anglican preacher who served as perpetual curate of Trinity Chapel Brighton. He faced widespread political opposition for his embrace of democratisation across Europe, especially during the ‘Spring of Nations’ in 1848, around the time this photograph was made. Nevertheless, his appearances drew large and appreciative crowds, and his posthumously published sermons were widely read. William Edward Kilburn (1818-91) was one of the leading
photographers in London at that time. He opened his portrait studio on Regent Street in 1846 and received a royal warrant in Daguerreotypy. He was famed for hand-coloured portraits such as this one, which were compared to painted portrait miniatures for their fineness and delicacy.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 526
Events of 1847back to top
Current affairsThe 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, and drew up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).}
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The Don Pacifico affair sparks an international incident, when the Jewish trader's business was burned in an anti-semitic attack in Athens. When the Greek government refused to compensate him, Gibraltar-born Pacifico appealed to the British government. Foreign Minister Palmerston sent a squadron into the Aegean in 1850 to seize goods of the equivalent value, leading to strained relations with Turkey and Russia, and heated debates in Parliament.
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