by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1850s
3 5/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. (91 mm x 60 mm) image size
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Sitterback to top
- William Mulready (1786-1863), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographer's studio, 34 Parliament Street, London)
Events of 1850back to top
Current affairsCardinal Wiseman, a Catholic priest who had exerted a strong influence on the Oxford movement, is made a Cardinal and leader of the Catholic church in England, thus restoring Roman Catholic hierarchy in England.
Art and scienceDeath of poet laureate William Wordsworth; his great autobiographical poem The Prelude is published posthumously, famously charting the growth of the poet's mind.
Tennyson's In Memoriam is also published. A poignant record of his grief over the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, the poem also movingly questions the strength of faith in an increasingly scientific age.