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Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts

1 portrait by John Henry Sylvester

Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, published by Thomas McLean, after  John Henry Sylvester, published 1 May 1894 (1893) - NPG D39785 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts

published by Thomas McLean, after John Henry Sylvester
photogravure, published 1 May 1894 (1893)
18 in. x 12 1/4 in. (456 mm x 310 mm) plate size; 21 3/8 in. x 15 3/8 in. (542 mm x 392 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1958
Reference Collection
NPG D39785

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Artistsback to top

  • Thomas McLean (1788-1875), Publisher and dealer. Artist associated with 953 portraits.
  • John Henry Sylvester (active 1876-1894), Painter. Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

Following Gladstone's resignation, Queen Victoria calls on the Liberal MP Archibald Primrose, the 5th Earl of Rosebery to become Prime Minister, a position he reluctantly accepts. His government is largely unsuccessful as the Tory-dominated House of Lords stop the whole of the Liberal's domestic legislation, and his foreign policy plans are defeated by internal Liberal disagreements.

Art and science

The Prince of Wales opens Tower Bridge, built over the Thames to improve access to the growing commercial district of the East End. The bridge was constructed from two bascules, or leaves, which could be raised to allow ships to pass underneath.
Rudyard Kipling's hugely popular collection of children's stories and poems, The Jungle Book, is published. The stories, based on Kipling's own experiences in India, have been adapted many times.

International

The arrest and court-martial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer, opens up divisions in France over anti-semitism continuing until Dreyfus's exoneration in 1906. The French President Sadi Carnot is assassinated by an Italian anarchist in Lyon.
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia following the death of Alexander III.
Japan and China go to war over control of Korea, with the more modern Japanese army winning an easy victory.

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