27 of 45 portraits by Thomas Lewis Atkinson
by and published by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, after Henry William Pickersgill
mixed-method engraving, published 1 January 1869 (1863)
19 7/8 in. x 14 7/8 in. (505 mm x 378 mm) plate size; 23 3/8 in. x 18 in. (594 mm x 457 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- George Peabody (1795-1869), Merchant banker and philanthropist. Sitter in 16 portraits.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (2 Alma Square, St John's Wood, London)
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Current affairsGladstone introduces the Irish Church Disestablishment Act, which disestablishes the Church of Ireland, disassociating it from the state and repealing the paying of tithes to the Anglican Church of Ireland.
Girton College is founded in Cambridge by Barbara Bodichon and Emily Davies, the first residential college for women in England; women were granted full membership to the University in 1948.
Art and scienceRussian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev invents the periodic table of elements, which arranges elements within a group in order of their atomic mass.
The British scientist Mary Somerville publishes her last book On Molecular and Microscopic Science.
Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir paint together in the open air at La Grenouillère, developing the Impressionist style.
InternationalThe Suez canal opens, linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez with the Mediterranean Sea, and transforming trade routes between Europe and Asia as merchants no longer had to circumvent Africa. The canal was largely in British and French control until Egyptian nationalisation in 1956, which sparked off the international Suez crisis.
Serialisation of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel of Russian society during the Napoleonic wars, War and Peace finishes.
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