by James Scott, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Stephen Pearce
mixed-method engraving, published 30 September 1853
21 3/8 in. x 16 5/8 in. (544 mm x 422 mm) plate size; 23 1/4 in. x 18 1/8 in. (591 mm x 461 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1958
Artistsback to top
- Henry Graves & Co (active 1844-1899), Publishers. Artist associated with 230 portraits.
- Stephen Pearce (1819-1904), Portrait and equestrian painter. Artist associated with 63 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- James Scott (circa 1809-circa 1889), Engraver. Artist associated with 133 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1853back to top
Current affairsBritain and America sign a treaty establishing an International Copyright agreement. Dickens, whose Bleak House is also published this year, was a particularly outspoken critic of these laws, as his works were freely published in America without any protection over copyright or royalties. He had lobbied the American Congress over the issue during his North American reading tour of 1842.
Art and scienceDavid Livingstone makes a six month journey from the Zambezi river to the west coast of Africa.
Harriet Martineau translates The Positive Philosophy of August Comte. A scientific approach to understanding the natural world and human and social relations, positivism has an important influence on the development of the social sciences.
Holman Hunt exhibits his The Light of the World