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Samuel Wilderspin

71 of 76 portraits by Ackermann & Co

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Samuel Wilderspin

by George Thomas Payne, published by Ackermann & Co, published by Thomas Agnew, after John Rogers Herbert
mezzotint, published 1848
18 3/4 in. x 14 in. (477 mm x 356 mm) plate size; 19 1/8 in. x 14 3/8 in. (486 mm x 366 mm) paper size
Given by Geraldine S. Terrington, 1914
Reference Collection
NPG D37519

Sitterback to top

  • Samuel Wilderspin (1792?-1866), Advocate of the infant school system in England. 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.
  • John Rogers Herbert (1810-1890), History and portrait painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • George Thomas Payne (active 1838-1855), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 19 portraits.

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Current affairs

Led by Feargus O'Connor, up to 50,000 Chartist members meet on Kennington Common, to form a procession and present another petition to Parliament. Although there was a large military and police presence, the rally was peaceful.

Art and science

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood a group of English painters, poets and critics, is founded by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, intent on reforming art by rejecting the artists who imitated Raphael and Michelangelo. Instead, they advocated a return to a close observation of nature, invested with the intense detail, colours, and compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art, producing works layered with symbolism.

International

Following the fall of the French monarchy, revolutions take place in France, Germany and Italy, provoked by a widespread desire for political independence from repressive regimes, and a range of economic problems which had caused unemployment, food shortages and poverty. Louis Napoleon becomes the first President of France's Second Republic.
The first gold rush takes place in America, after gold is found on the Sacramento river, California.

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