2 of 2 portraits of George Wilbraham
by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, published by Thomas Agnew, published by Ackermann & Co, published by Anaglyphic Company, after Richard Ansdell
mixed-method engraving, published 8 May 1844
21 1/2 in. x 14 in. (545 mm x 357 mm) plate size; 25 1/8 in. x 18 3/8 in. (638 mm x 466 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
Sitterback to top
- George Wilbraham (1779-1852), Politician; MP for Cheshire South. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Ackermann & Co (active 1829-1859), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 76 portraits.
- Thomas Agnew (1794-1871), Art dealer. Artist associated with 59 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Anaglyphic Company (active 1844), Publisher. Artist associated with 18 portraits.
- Richard Ansdell (1815-1885), Animal painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Samuel William Reynolds Jr (1794-1872), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 69 portraits.
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Events of 1844back to top
Current affairsBritain experiences a railway boom. Peel's government passes a series of Acts creating provision of cheap, regular rail services. George Hudson, the first great railway entrepreneur, who controlled over 1,000 miles of railway track and whose enterprises made York a major commercial and transport hub, becomes known as 'the Railway King'.
Art and scienceDisraeli's Coningsby is published. The first of his 1840s 'Young England' trilogy, it was the cultural manifesto of Disraeli's vision for a new Conservativism, uniting the two nations of the rich and poor.
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson set up their innovative and pioneering photography studio in Edinburgh, capturing portraits of both Scottish society figures and workers, as well as urban and rural landscape scenes.
InternationalTensions continue to mount in Eastern Europe over Russian imperialist ambitions, as Tsar Nicholas I describes the Ottoman Empire as 'the Sick Man of Europe'.
With the overthrow of the Haitians, the Spanish-speaking portion of the island of Hispaniola gains independence, as the Dominican Republic.