by Alfred Emery Cathie
quarter-plate glass negative, circa 1888
Given by Emery Walker Ltd, 1956
Sitterback to top
- Samuel Butler (1835-1902), Artist and writer; Author of 'Erewhon' and 'The Way of All Flesh'. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Alfred Emery Cathie (1865-1947), Assistant and companion to Samuel Butler. Artist of 2 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, 15 Clifford's Inn, Fleet Street, London)
Events of 1888back to top
Current affairsCharles Ritchie, President of the Local Government Board, is responsible for the Local Government Act, a landmark piece of reform that establishes 62 elected county councils and over sixty county boroughs, with responsibility for roads, bridges, drains and general county business.
Five prostitutes are murdered, and their bodies mutilated, in Whitechapel, East London, by an unidentified killer who became known as 'Jack the Ripper'. The murderer was never discovered.
Art and scienceHeinrich Hertz performs experiments validating James Clark Maxwell's model of electromagnetic radiation, a form of wireless energy transfer. His apparatus for generating electromagnetic waves is recognised as the first radio transmitter.
The term 'arts and crafts' is coined by the bookbinder T J Cobden-Sanderson with the establishment of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society.
InternationalAccession of Kaiser Wilhelm II to the German throne. Wilhelm, the son of Kaiser Frederick III and Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria, was the last Kaiser of Germany.
George Eastman invents the Kodak box camera, the first commercially successful box camera for roll film, with the slogan 'you press the button - we do the rest'.