59 of 95 portraits of Charles Dickens
by Gurney & Son
albumen cabinet card, 1867
5 5/8 in. x 4 in. (143 mm x 102 mm) image size
Artistback to top
- Gurney & Son (active 1860-1874), Photographers. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Dickens's second visit to America was purely a business enterprise. This is one of a series of photographs that record his urbane appearance during the reading tour he undertook from November 1867 until April 1868. Taken by leading photographers in New York, one of whom, Jeremiah Gurney, was the first to open a photographic gallery in America, they were sold as memoirs to an eager American public. Largely forgiven for the prior criticism he had made of the country in American Notes for General Circulation and Martin Chuzzlewit, audiences flocked to hear Dickens's spell-binding performances in a demanding tour schedule that included seventy-six performances in the Eastern states.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Charles Dickens: Life and Legacy (24 October 2011 - 22 April 2012)
Events of 1867back to top
Current affairsThe Second Reform Act, although effectively a Liberal measure, is expediently passed by the Conservatives, under Disraeli's influence, who believed it would widen Conservative appeal by making the party appear more progressive. The Act extended the vote to 1.5 million working men in British towns, and redistributed 52 seats from towns with populations under 10,000 to the newer urban towns.
Art and scienceKarl Marx publishes his hugely influential Das Kapital, whilst living and researching in London. Its proclaimed aim was 'to lay bare the economic law of motion of modern society', and it presented mid-Victorian capitalism in terms of a tragic drama.
Henry Irving rises to fame on the London stage, performing alongside Ellen Terry for the first time, beginning their famous theatrical association.
InternationalFrancis Joseph, the Emperor of Austria, becomes King of Hungary, and thus ruler of the 'dual monarchy' of Austria-Hungary.
The dominion of Canada is formed, as the British North America Act unites four British colonies, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. The Act defines much of Canada's constitution and operation of government, and Canada's dominion status is the first of its kind.