Authors and Novelists
1 portrait of Wilkie Collins
Authors and Novelists
published by Hughes & Edmonds
albumen print, published 1876
9 in. x 6 1/4 in. (228 mm x 159 mm) image size
Given by Mrs Granville Proby, 1944
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Sittersback to top
- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist. Sitter associated with 82 portraits.
- (William) Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), Novelist. Sitter in 24 portraits.
- Charles Dickens (1812-1870), Novelist. Sitter in 95 portraits.
- James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), Historian and editor of 'Fraser's Magazine'. Sitter associated with 29 portraits.
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton (1803-1873), Novellist, playwright and Conservative politician; MP for St Ives, Lincoln and Hertfordshire. Sitter associated with 34 portraits.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay (1800-1859), Historian, poet and politician; MP for Calne, Leeds and Edinburgh. Sitter in 26 portraits.
- George MacDonald (1824-1905), Poet and novelist. Sitter in 17 portraits.
- William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), Novelist. Sitter in 44 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
- Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), Novelist. Sitter associated with 27 portraits.
Events of 1876back to top
Current affairsFollowing the introduction of the Royal Titles Act, Queen Victoria is proclaimed Empress of India, with Disraeli deliberately flattering Victoria's imperialist ambitions. In turn, Victoria creates Disraeli Earl of Beaconsfield; he continues to run government from the Lords.
Art and scienceThe classical-subject painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, famous for his elegant depictions of the Roman Empire, paints An Audience at Agrippa's.
US inventor Alexander Graham Bell invents and patents the telephone following research into vocal physiology and speech instruction for the deaf, after discovering that sound could be transmitted and reconverted through an electric wire by using a continuous electric current.
International15,000 Bulgarian Christians are slaughtered by Turkish troops in retaliation for the killing of 300 Turks in Batak at the start of the Bulgarian uprising. The Turkish government practices further repression by compulsorily transferring people of other ethnicities to Bulgaria to make the Bulgarians a minority. Gladstone published a pamphlet The Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East attacking Turkish actions, selling 200,000 copies in a month.
- Lecture: Charles Dickens and Christmas
21 December, 19:00
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