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Vanity Fair Panel no. 5 (includes John Francis Holcombe Read; Sir James Porter Corry, 1st Bt; Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel; Oscar Browning; Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire; Nathaniel Mayer ('Natty') de Rothschild, 1st Ba...)

4 of 4 portraits of Sir William Cuthbert Quilter, 1st Bt

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Vanity Fair Panel no. 5 (includes John Francis Holcombe Read; Sir James Porter Corry, 1st Bt; Arthur Wellesley Peel, 1st Viscount Peel; Oscar Browning; Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire; Nathaniel Mayer ('Natty') de Rothschild, 1st Ba...)

by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib'), and Carlo Pellegrini, and Sir Leslie Ward, and 'Hay', and Théobald Chartran ('T')
chromolithographs pasted onto wooden panel, assembled from prints published 1881-1889
13 1/8 in. x 55 in. (333 mm x 1397 mm) image size
Reference Collection
NPG D39295

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  • Théobald Chartran ('T') (1849-1907), Painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 86 portraits.
  • 'Hay' (active 1888-1893), Cartoonist. Artist associated with 18 portraits.
  • Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), 'Ape'; caricaturist. Artist associated with 490 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • Liborio Prosperi ('Lib') (1854-1928), Cartoonist in Vanity Fair. Artist associated with 65 portraits.
  • Sir Leslie Ward (1851-1922), 'Spy'; caricaturist and portrait painter; son of Edward Matthew Ward. Artist associated with 1617 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.

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Events of 1881back to top

Current affairs

Benjamin Disraeli dies of bronchitis. He refuses a state funeral and is buried next to his wife, Mary Ann Viscountess Beaconsfield.
Gladstone's Irish Land Act is passed in a bid to stop violence carried out by the republican Land League, conducted in protest at the 1870 Land Act.
Henry Mayers Hyndman forms the Marxist Democratic Federation.

Art and science

The Natural History Museum is opened on Exhibition Road, South Kensington. The museum, a landmark gothic design by the architect Alfred Waterhouse, was built to house specimens from the natural sciences, previously in the British Museum's collection. Today, the museum comprises of over 70 million items, and is a world-renowned research centre.


Alexander II is assassinated in a bomb attack by members of a left-wing revolutionary movement. He was succeeded by his son, Tsar Alexander III.
US President James Garfield is shot by Charles Guiteau.
The first Anglo-Boer war ends. The war is started by a Boer uprising, as the British had annexed the Transvaal in 1877. Following Britain's defeat at the Battle of Majuba Hill, a truce is signed giving the Boers self-government and later independence.

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