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Ellen Power ('My Wife')

49 of 55 portraits by Edwin Landseer

Ellen Power ('My Wife'), by Henry Thomas Ryall, republished by  Thomas Boys, and republished by  Ernest Gambart & Co, after  Edwin Landseer, republished 15 February 1853 (published 21 May 1851) - NPG D37155 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellen Power ('My Wife')

by Henry Thomas Ryall, republished by Thomas Boys, and republished by Ernest Gambart & Co, after Edwin Landseer
stipple engraving, republished 15 February 1853 (published 21 May 1851)
16 7/8 in. x 13 5/8 in. (428 mm x 345 mm) plate size; 20 3/4 in. x 15 5/8 in. (527 mm x 398 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1962
Reference Collection
NPG D37155

Sitterback to top

  • Ellen Power (active 1843), Niece of Lady Blessington. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Thomas Boys (active 1840s-1859), Fine art publisher. Artist associated with 18 portraits.
  • Ernest Gambart & Co (active 1846-1859), Publishers. Artist associated with 13 portraits.
  • Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Painter. Artist associated with 55 portraits, Sitter in 22 portraits.
  • Henry Thomas Ryall (1811-1867), Engraver. Artist associated with 52 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D40463: Ellen Power ('My Wife') (from same plate)

Placesback to top

Events of 1853back to top

Current affairs

Britain and America sign a treaty establishing an International Copyright agreement. Dickens, whose Bleak House is also published this year, was a particularly outspoken critic of these laws, as his works were freely published in America without any protection over copyright or royalties. He had lobbied the American Congress over the issue during his North American reading tour of 1842.

Art and science

David Livingstone makes a six month journey from the Zambezi river to the west coast of Africa.
Harriet Martineau translates The Positive Philosophy of August Comte. A scientific approach to understanding the natural world and human and social relations, positivism has an important influence on the development of the social sciences.
Holman Hunt exhibits his The Light of the World


Diplomatic row over Napoleon's call to the Turkish empire to restore Roman Catholic rights in the Holy Land. Russia asserts her role of protecting the rights of all Christians in the Ottoman empire; French and British fleets are dispatched to the Dardanelles. The Turkish sultan, declaring that he will look after the rights of Christians, heightens tension, and the Crimean war begins with Turkey declaring war on Russia.

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