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William Morris

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 21 March 1877
5 5/8 in. x 4 in. (144 mm x 103 mm) image size
Given by Robert R. Steele, 1939
Photographs Collection
NPG x3751

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

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  • Elliott & Fry (active 1863-1962), Photographers. Artist or producer associated with 10998 portraits.

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Current affairs

Trial of social activists Annie Besant and Charles Bradlaugh following their publication of a book by the American birth-control campaigner Charles Knowlton, which suggested that working class families should be able to practice birth control. Although found guilty, the case was thrown out on a technical fault.

Art and science

The Grosevenor Gallery opens, founded by Sir Coutts Lindsay, as a rival to the Royal Academy. It exhibited work by artists such as Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane, outside of the British mainstream, and became famous as the home of the Aesthetic movement.
The first Lawn Tennis Championship is held at Wimbledon with around 20 male competitors, witnessed by a few hundred spectators. Spencer Gore the first singles champion, wins 12 guineas.

International

The American inventor Thomas Edison invents the tin foil phonograph, combining the technologies of the telegraph and telephone. Experimenting with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, he recorded and played back the short message 'Mary had a little lamb'.

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