4 of 94 portraits of John Bright
by Rupert Potter
carbon print, September 1879
11 1/2 in. x 6 7/8 in. (292 mm x 176 mm)
Given by Rupert Potter, 1914
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Sitterback to top
- John Bright (1811-1889), Statesman and orator. Sitter associated with 94 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Rupert Potter (1832-1914), Barrister and photographer; father of Beatrix Potter. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Potter registered two photographs from this sitting for copyright in 1889 and exhibited one as a carbon enlargement at the annual exhibition of the Photographic Society of Great Britain (later the Royal Photographic Society) during the same year. The similarity in pose to that in Millais's portrait of Bright suggests Millais used this photograph while completing his painting. The finished painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 99
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 76
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends (13 May 2014 - 16 November 2014)
Events of 1879back to top
Current affairsWomen's education continues to grow, with the founding of women's colleges in Oxford. Somerville College took its name from the late Scottish scientific writer Mary Somerville. Lady Margaret Hall was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth, great niece of the poet, and named after Margaret Beaufort, a medieval noblewoman and mother of Henry VII.
Art and scienceEdison invents the first practical electric light bulb.
The first prehistoric paintings, dating back 14,000 years, are discovered in the Altamira caves in Northern Spain when a young girl notices paintings of bison on the ceilings.
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, already acclaimed for roles in plays such as Racine's Phèdre and Victor Hugo's Hernani, celebrates a successful season at London's Gaiety Theatre.
InternationalAnglo-Zulu war fought between British forces and the Zulus, after disputes between the Boers and Zulu leader Cetshywayo over the Utrecht border attracted British intervention. The British victory marked the end of the independent Zulu nation, although the Zulu's initial victory at Isandhlwana was a major surprise. The Battle of Rorke's Drift was dramatised in the film Zulu, starring Michael Caine, in 1964.
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