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Thomas Chalmers

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Thomas Chalmers, by James Faed the Elder, after  John Faed, published 1849 - NPG D32816 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Chalmers

by James Faed the Elder, after John Faed
mezzotint, published 1849
24 in. x 15 3/4 in. (609 mm x 400 mm) paper size
acquired
Reference Collection
NPG D32816

Sitterback to top

  • Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), First Moderator of the Free Church. Sitter in 9 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • James Faed the Elder (1821-1911), Engraver and painter. Artist associated with 21 portraits.
  • John Faed (1819-1902), Painter. Artist associated with 7 portraits.

Events of 1849back to top

Current affairs

Benjamin Disraeli becomes Conservative leader in the House of Commons.
Bedford College for Women is founded, following on from the foundation of Queen's College for Women the previous year.
Henry Mayhew, the social researcher and reform advocate, begins publishing his extensive statistical survey into the living conditions of urban communities, London Labour and the London Poor in the Morning Chronicle.

Art and science

With the death of his father Johann Strauss the Elder, Johann Baptist Strauss, the Austrian violinist and composer combines his and his father's orchestra, becoming known as 'the Waltz King'. His famous waltzes include The Blue Danube (1867). Dante Gabriel Rossetti paints his sister, the poet Christina, in The Girlhood of Mary Virgin.

International

Rome is briefly proclaimed a republic after the papal states are overthrown by Italian republicans. Napoleon's dependency on French Catholics leads him however to help restore papal authority. The restoration of Austrian military rule in Italy further darkens hopes of a self-ruling Italian nationhood.
Communist riots are suppressed in Paris.

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