John Leighton Figgins
John Leighton Figgins
by John Alfred Vinter, printed by Day & Son, published by Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, after Charles Allen Duval
lithograph, published 1 August 1857
25 in. x 18 in. (635 mm x 458 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
Sitterback to top
- John Leighton Figgins (active 1857), Church of England clergyman. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistsback to top
- Day & Son (active 1824-1855), Lithographic printers. Artist associated with 38 portraits.
- Charles Allen Duval (1808-1872), Portrait and subject painter. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
- Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, Publisher. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
- John Alfred Vinter (1828?-1905), Portrait painter and printmaker. Artist associated with 21 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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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