William Charles Macready
24 of 37 portraits by James Posselwhite
William Charles Macready
by James Posselwhite, printed by Reynolds & Draysey, published by Marseille Middleton Holloway, after Frederick A.C. Tilt
stipple and line engraving, published 26 February 1844
16 7/8 in. x 13 3/8 in. (429 mm x 339 mm) plate size; 19 5/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (500 mm x 402 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- William Charles Macready (1793-1873), Actor and theatre manager; son of William Macready. Sitter associated with 32 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Marseille Middleton Holloway (circa 1820-1897), Printseller. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- James Posselwhite (1798-1884), Engraver. Artist associated with 44 portraits.
- Reynolds & Draysey (active 1844), Printers. Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- Frederick A.C. Tilt (1823-1869), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 15 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (25 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London)
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.
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.
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