'The pilgrims of Siena'
'The pilgrims of Siena'
by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
5 3/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (136 mm x 96 mm) image size
Given by Robert R. Steele, 1939
Sittersback to top
- (Julia Sarah) Anne Cobden-Sanderson (1866-1926), Socialist and suffragette. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson (1840-1922), Bookbinder and printer; member of the Hammersmith Socialist League. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- (Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin (1851-1947), Suffragist and radical. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Jane Morris (née Burden) (1839-1914), Embroiderer and artist's model; wife of William Morris. Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In 1881 Jane Morris visited Tuscany, joining her friends Jane and Annie Cobden, daughters of Richard Cobden MP. In Siena they were photographed in front of a painted backdrop of the city.
From left: Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, who met his wife Anne Cobden on this trip; Anne Cobden-Sanderson; Jane Morris and Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin.
Linked publicationsback to top
- MacCarthy, Fiona, Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy 1860-1960, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015), p. 61
Placesback to top
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1881back to top
Current affairsBenjamin Disraeli dies of bronchitis. He refuses a state funeral and is buried next to his wife, Mary Ann Viscountess Beaconsfield.
Gladstone's Irish Land Act is passed in a bid to stop violence carried out by the republican Land League, conducted in protest at the 1870 Land Act.
Henry Mayers Hyndman forms the Marxist Democratic Federation.
Art and scienceThe Natural History Museum is opened on Exhibition Road, South Kensington. The museum, a landmark gothic design by the architect Alfred Waterhouse, was built to house specimens from the natural sciences, previously in the British Museum's collection. Today, the museum comprises of over 70 million items, and is a world-renowned research centre.
InternationalAlexander II is assassinated in a bomb attack by members of a left-wing revolutionary movement. He was succeeded by his son, Tsar Alexander III.
US President James Garfield is shot by Charles Guiteau.
The first Anglo-Boer war ends. The war is started by a Boer uprising, as the British had annexed the Transvaal in 1877. Following Britain's defeat at the Battle of Majuba Hill, a truce is signed giving the Boers self-government and later independence.
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
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