George Augustus Sala
George Augustus Sala
by Imperial Photographic Co
albumen cabinet card, early-mid 1880s
5 3/4 in. x 4 1/8 in. (146 mm x 105 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), Journalist. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Imperial Photographic Co (active 1880-1884), Photographers. Artist or producer of 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This photograph complements Vernon Lee's description of sala as 'a red, bloated, bottle-nosed creature'. He was unashamed of his reputation for overindulgence and even courted it with essays such as Breakfast in Bed, or Philosophy Between the Sheets, a series of indigestible discourses'(1863). At about time of this photograph, Sala's celebrity was such that his waxwork at Madame Tussaud's was flanked by Tennyson and Dickens.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographers' studio, 44 Baker Street, Portman Square, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- George Augustus Sala (28 September 2007 - 13 January 2008)
Events of 1880back to top
Current affairsThe Liberals defeat the Conservatives, and Gladstone becomes Prime Minister for the second time, taking over from Disraeli, who retires from politics.
The MP for Northampton and atheist Charles Bradlaugh, refuses to swear on the Bible and so forfeits his right to take his seat. Despite having the support of Gladstone and J.S Mill, it takes six years before he can take his seat, after which he pushes through a new Oaths Act (1888).
Art and scienceThomas Huxley delivers his address 'Science and Culture' at the opening of Josiah Mason's science college in Birmingham (published the following year). Huxley argues that the study of modern literature, combined with knowledge of science, should be promoted in education above classical literature, echoing the claim made by the poet and critic Matthew Arnold. Huxley, an early advocate of 'Darwinism', did much to popularise evolutionary theory.
InternationalBuenos Aires finally becomes the permanent capital of Argentina, following sixty years of political debates around the issue. The city was federalised, politically separated from the Buenos Aires Province, and placed under direct control of the national government.
Despite allegations of vote buying, Cecil Rhodes is elected member of parliament for Barkly West in the Cape Colony, marking the start of his political career in South Africa.