by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by Thomas Agnew, after W. Scott
mezzotint, published 8 March 1847
21 in. x 15 1/8 in. (534 mm x 384 mm) plate size; 25 3/4 in. x 19 1/8 in. (653 mm x 485 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
Sitterback to top
- James Griffin (active 1830s-1850s), Minister of Rusholme Road Chapel, Manchester. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistsback to top
- Thomas Agnew (1794-1871), Art dealer. Artist associated with 59 portraits.
- Brooker & Harrison (active 1842-circa 1906), Printers. Artist associated with 50 portraits.
- Samuel William Reynolds Jr (1794-1872), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 69 portraits.
- W. Scott (active 1847), Painter. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, Greater Manchester (Repository of Arts, Manchester)
Events of 1847back to top
Current affairsThe 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, and drew up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).}
Death and emigration resulting from starvation, plague and disease during worst year of the Great Famine in Ireland, known as Black 47.
Art and scienceA good year for novels: Emily Bronte's passionate, rebellious and gothic Wuthering Heightsis published, followed shortly by her sister Charlotte's 'Jane Eyre, a story of a governess's struggle for liberty from social and gender constrictions. Drawing on a similar vein of revolution and rebellious women, William Thackeray's satirical novel Vanity Fair is serialised.
The Don Pacifico affair sparks an international incident, when the Jewish trader's business was burned in an anti-semitic attack in Athens. When the Greek government refused to compensate him, Gibraltar-born Pacifico appealed to the British government. Foreign Minister Palmerston sent a squadron into the Aegean in 1850 to seize goods of the equivalent value, leading to strained relations with Turkey and Russia, and heated debates in Parliament.
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