Sir Charles James Napier
Sir Charles James Napier
by William Henry Egleton, published by John Murray, after George Gammon Adams
stipple engraving, 1857
9 in. x 6 in. (228 mm x 153 mm) plate size; 17 3/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (440 mm x 297 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Sir Charles James Napier (1782-1853), Army officer and Conqueror of Sind. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- George Gammon Adams (1821-1898), Sculptor. Artist associated with 22 portraits.
- William Henry Egleton (active 1833-1862), Engraver. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Murray (1809-1898), Photographer and army surgeon. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Events of 1857back to top
Current affairsPalmerston passes the Matrimonial Causes Act in the face of parliamentary opposition. The act establishes divorce courts, although women, unlike men, are not allowed to sue for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition is held, a follow-up to the Great Exhibition of 1851, although highlighting Britain's private art collections rather than industry and technology. More than 1.3 million people visit the event.
Art and scienceElizabeth Gaskell publishes The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a year after the author's death. The controversial biography consolidates the myth of the Brontë sisters as isolated geniuses living in remote Yorkshire.
Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.
InternationalThe Indian Revolt was a significant rebellion against the rule of the East Indian Company and a culmination of decades of discontent about British rule. After a year of horrific violence on both sides, the revolt was suppressed. It led to a more involved role by the British government in India, taking over responsibility from the East India Company.
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