William Morris

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William Morris

by John Robert Parsons, published by Ellis & Green
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871-1872 (14 June 1870)
3 1/2 in. x 2 3/8 in. (90 mm x 60 mm) image size
Given by Jane Souter Hipkins, 1930
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax38170

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  • William Morris (1834-1896), Poet, craftsman and socialist. Sitter in 68 portraits.

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  • Ellis & Green (active 1871-1872), Booksellers. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • John Robert Parsons (circa 1826-1909), Figure and portrait painter, photographer and art dealer. Artist or producer associated with 7 portraits.

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Current affairs

William Edward Forster's Education Act is passed, making provisions for education for all under-13s. It demonstrated the balance in Gladstone's first ministry between progressive reform and conservativism by spreading literacy, whilst maintaining the status of Church schools.
The Married Women's Property Act gives wives rights over their own earnings.

Art and science

The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play and written with the aid of composer Mily Balakirev, debuts in Moscow, conducted by Nikolai Rubenstein.
W. G. Grace becomes cricket captain of Gloucestershire, marking the start of a successful decade for the club in which they won three 'Champion County' titles.

International

Isaac Butt, an Irish MP at Westminster, forms the Home Rule Association.
The Franco-Prussian war breaks out between France and a coalition of German states led by Prussia. Provoked by the candidacy of German Prince Leopold Hohenzollen-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne, France declared war in July after Bismark published the deliberately provocative Ems telegraph, in which the French were represented in an offensive light on the issue.

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