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William Charles Macready as Werner

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William Charles Macready as Werner

by Charles William Sharpe, after Daniel Maclise
line engraving, published 1852 (1849-1850)
22 3/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (568 mm x 402 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D38124

Sitterback to top

  • William Charles Macready (1793-1873), Actor and theatre manager; son of William Macready. Sitter associated with 32 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), History and portrait painter. Artist associated with 108 portraits, Sitter associated with 17 portraits.
  • Charles William Sharpe (1818-1899), Engraver. Artist associated with 7 portraits.

Events of 1852back to top

Current affairs

The Peelites, a breakaway group who had supported Peel during the Corn Law reforms, join the Liberals. The Conservative Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, becomes Prime Minister after Lord John Russell's Liberal administration collapses. The administration is short-lived and replaced by a new Liberal-Peelite coalition, under the leadership of former Tory George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen.

Art and science

Start of spiritualism craze in England.
London physician Peter Mark Roget first publishes his thesaurus.
American author Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes the hugely successful anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Scottish physicist William Thomson formulates the second law of thermodynamics, demonstrating that a rapidly expanding gas cools.

International

Independent Boer republics north of the Vaal and Orange rivers are recognised by Britain following the Sand River Convention. Later, the Bloemfontein Convention (1854) formally recognises the independence of Boer republics between the Vaal and Orange rivers, resulting in the Boer Republic of the Orange Free State.
Tension escalates in Crimea as France demands that Turkey end Russia's exclusive control of the Christian Holy Places in the Ottoman empire.

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