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The Princes in the Tower (Richard, Duke of York and Duke of Norfolk; King Edward V)

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The Princes in the Tower (Richard, Duke of York and Duke of Norfolk; King Edward V)

by Samuel Cousins, published by Fine Art Society Ltd, after Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
mezzotint, published 16 March 1879 (1878)
30 1/2 in. x 20 in. (776 mm x 508 mm) plate size; 33 1/4 in. x 23 3/4 in. (844 mm x 603 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1925
Reference Collection
NPG D38019

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  • Samuel Cousins (1801-1887), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 176 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Fine Art Society Ltd, Publisher. Artist or producer associated with 8 portraits.
  • Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt (1829-1896), Painter and President of the Royal Academy; ex-officio Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Artist or producer associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 76 portraits.

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Current affairs

Women's education continues to grow, with the founding of women's colleges in Oxford. Somerville College took its name from the late Scottish scientific writer Mary Somerville. Lady Margaret Hall was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth, great niece of the poet, and named after Margaret Beaufort, a medieval noblewoman and mother of Henry VII.

Art and science

Edison invents the first practical electric light bulb.
The first prehistoric paintings, dating back 14,000 years, are discovered in the Altamira caves in Northern Spain when a young girl notices paintings of bison on the ceilings.
The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, already acclaimed for roles in plays such as Racine's Phèdre and Victor Hugo's Hernani, celebrates a successful season at London's Gaiety Theatre.

International

Anglo-Zulu war fought between British forces and the Zulus, after disputes between the Boers and Zulu leader Cetshywayo over the Utrecht border attracted British intervention. The British victory marked the end of the independent Zulu nation, although the Zulu's initial victory at Isandhlwana was a major surprise. The Battle of Rorke's Drift was dramatised in the film Zulu, starring Michael Caine, in 1964.

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