by James Henry Lynch, printed by M & N Hanhart, after Sir Frederic William Burton
24 3/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (619 mm x 403 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Artistsback to top
- Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), Watercolour painter and Director of the National Gallery. Artist or producer associated with 11 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
- M & N Hanhart (active 1839-1882), Lithographic printers. Artist or producer associated with 333 portraits.
- James Henry Lynch (active 1815-died 1868), Lithographer and painter. Artist or producer associated with 46 portraits.
Events of 1848back to top
Current affairsLed by Feargus O'Connor, up to 50,000 Chartist members meet on Kennington Common, to form a procession and present another petition to Parliament. Although there was a large military and police presence, the rally was peaceful.
Art and scienceThe Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood a group of English painters, poets and critics, is founded by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, intent on reforming art by rejecting the artists who imitated Raphael and Michelangelo. Instead, they advocated a return to a close observation of nature, invested with the intense detail, colours, and compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art, producing works layered with symbolism.
InternationalFollowing the fall of the French monarchy, revolutions take place in France, Germany and Italy, provoked by a widespread desire for political independence from repressive regimes, and a range of economic problems which had caused unemployment, food shortages and poverty. Louis Napoleon becomes the first President of France's Second Republic.
The first gold rush takes place in America, after gold is found on the Sacramento river, California.
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