18 of 45 portraits by Thomas Lewis Atkinson
by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, printed by W. Hallom, published by Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, after George Patten
mezzotint, published 1 December 1857
18 1/4 in. x 14 7/8 in. (465 mm x 378 mm) plate size; 26 5/8 in. x 19 1/8 in. (675 mm x 486 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
Artistsback to top
- Thomas Lewis Atkinson (1817-circa 1890), Engraver. Artist associated with 45 portraits.
- W. Hallom (active 1857), Printer. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- George Patten (1801-1865), Artist. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, Publisher. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
Events of 1857back to top
Current affairsPalmerston passes the Matrimonial Causes Act in the face of parliamentary opposition. The act establishes divorce courts, although women, unlike men, are not allowed to sue for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition is held, a follow-up to the Great Exhibition of 1851, although highlighting Britain's private art collections rather than industry and technology. More than 1.3 million people visit the event.
Art and scienceElizabeth Gaskell publishes The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a year after the author's death. The controversial biography consolidates the myth of the Brontë sisters as isolated geniuses living in remote Yorkshire.
Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.
InternationalThe Indian Revolt was a significant rebellion against the rule of the East Indian Company and a culmination of decades of discontent about British rule. After a year of horrific violence on both sides, the revolt was suppressed. It led to a more involved role by the British government in India, taking over responsibility from the East India Company.
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