1 portrait of Benjamin Jowett
by Francis Holl, after George Richmond
stipple engraving, (circa 1855)
21 7/8 in. x 17 in. (555 mm x 433 mm) plate size; 23 1/4 in. x 17 7/8 in. (592 mm x 453 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1962
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- Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893), Master of Balliol College, Oxford. Sitter in 12 portraits.
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Events of 1855back to top
Current affairsPalmerston becomes Prime Minister, leading a coalition government after Lord Aberdeen loses a vote of confidence over his handling of the Crimean war. Known by the nickname 'Lord Pumicestone' for his abrasive style, Palmerston is the oldest prime minister in history to take up the post for the first time at the age of 71.
Stamp duty on newspapers is abolished, creating the mass media market in the UK as newspapers became more widely and cheaply available.
Art and scienceFollowing a trip through the Holy Land to the Dead Sea, William Holman Hunt begins his symbolically-laden painting The Scapegoat.
John Millais marries Effie Gray, previously John Ruskin's wife, after their marriage was annulled that year.
The social theorist and sociologist Herbert Spencer and philosopher G. H. Lewes, publishes Principles of Pyschology, exploring a physiological basis to psychology.