30 of 56 portraits of Adelina Patti
by Charles Bergamasco
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (85 mm x 54 mm) image size
Given by Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes, 1958
Sitterback to top
- Adelina Patti (1843-1919), Singer; sister of Carlotta Patti. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Charles Bergamasco (active 1860s-1870s), Photographer. Artist associated with 12 portraits.
Events of 1871back to top
Current affairsGladstone's first ministry continues with its programme of reform, with an overhaul of the civil service which is opened to public examination. The University Test Acts allow non-members of the Church of England to hold posts at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The Trade Union Act granted full legal status to trade union organisations, although the Criminal Law Amendment Act banned picketing.
The first FA Cup competition is held.
Art and scienceThe Penny Farthing, the first efficient bicycle, is invented by British engineer, James Starley.
The artist James Whistler paints a portrait of his mother, calling the nearly monochromatic portrait Arrangement in Grey and Black. Although now one of Whistler's most recognisable paintings, it was nearly rejected by the Royal Academy at first.