Hon. Edward Stanhope
Hon. Edward Stanhope
by Joseph Brown, after Henry Tanworth Wells
stipple engraving, 1879 or after
12 in. x 8 7/8 in. (305 mm x 227 mm) plate size; 22 in. x 15 1/8 in. (559 mm x 383 mm) paper size
Given by Grillion's Club, 1933
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- Hon. Edward Stanhope (1840-1893), Politician; son of 5th Earl Stanhope; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist of 3 portraits.
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Current affairsWomen's education continues to grow, with the founding of women's colleges in Oxford. Somerville College took its name from the late Scottish scientific writer Mary Somerville. Lady Margaret Hall was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth, great niece of the poet, and named after Margaret Beaufort, a medieval noblewoman and mother of Henry VII.
Art and scienceEdison invents the first practical electric light bulb.
The first prehistoric paintings, dating back 14,000 years, are discovered in the Altamira caves in Northern Spain when a young girl notices paintings of bison on the ceilings.
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, already acclaimed for roles in plays such as Racine's Phèdre and Victor Hugo's Hernani, celebrates a successful season at London's Gaiety Theatre.
InternationalAnglo-Zulu war fought between British forces and the Zulus, after disputes between the Boers and Zulu leader Cetshywayo over the Utrecht border attracted British intervention. The British victory marked the end of the independent Zulu nation, although the Zulu's initial victory at Isandhlwana was a major surprise. The Battle of Rorke's Drift was dramatised in the film Zulu, starring Michael Caine, in 1964.
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