George Augustus Sala
George Augustus Sala
by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published February 1891
9 3/4 in. x 7 1/8 in. (247 mm x 180 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), Journalist. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
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This portraitback to top
Although suffering from near constant ill heath and partially blind, Sala took pains to present himself as a consummate man about town. This elegant portrait by the society photographer Walery gives a good indication of the man who, in 1857, founded the Savage Club for 'gentlemen connected with literature and the fine arts, and warmly interested in the promotion of knowledge, and the sale of excisable liquors'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Levitt, Sarah, Fashion in Photographs 1880-1900, 1991, p. 50
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographer's studio, 164 Regent Street, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- George Augustus Sala (28 September 2007 - 13 January 2008)
Events of 1891back to top
Current affairsThe Irish Nationalist leader Charles Parnell is forced to resign after being named in the divorce proceedings brought by William O'Shea against his wife Kitty, who had been Parnell's mistress for a decade. The scandal severely damages the campaign for the Home Rule Bill, contributing greatly to its subsequent failure. Parnell's health also suffered; he contracted rheumatic fever and died a few months after resigning.
Art and scienceThomas Hardy's publishes Tess of the D'Urbervilles, a tragedy which explores the consequences of the young Tess's seduction by the wealthy Alec D'Urberville. In the novel, Hardy sets forward his major concerns about the individual's powerlessness before fate, whilst radically critiquing the hypocritical double standards of contemporary morals.
InternationalThe construction of Trans-Siberian railway, the longest single rail system in Russia, begins in the Urals and at Vladivostock. Running between Moscow and Vladivostock, work was completed in 1917.
The German aviation pioneer Otto Lilenthal takes off in the first glider from a hill near Potsdam, the first of many guided flights and an important step in the development of aerial technology.
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