Sir William Howard Russell
17 of 21 portraits of Sir William Howard Russell
Sir William Howard Russell
by James Henry Lynch, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, and Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, and Ernest Gambart & Co, and Williams & Co, after Roger Fenton
lithograph, published 22 October 1855
17 1/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (439 mm x 298 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Artistsback to top
- Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co (active 1830-1890), Printsellers and publishers. Artist associated with 91 portraits.
- Ernest Gambart & Co (active 1846-1859), Publishers. Artist associated with 13 portraits.
- Roger Fenton (1819-1869), Photographer. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- M & N Hanhart (active 1839-1882), Lithographic printers. Artist associated with 333 portraits.
- James Henry Lynch (active 1815-died 1868), Lithographer and painter. Artist associated with 46 portraits.
- Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, Publisher. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
- Williams & Co (active 1855), Publishers. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
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Events of 1855back to top
Current affairsPalmerston becomes Prime Minister, leading a coalition government after Lord Aberdeen loses a vote of confidence over his handling of the Crimean war. Known by the nickname 'Lord Pumicestone' for his abrasive style, Palmerston is the oldest prime minister in history to take up the post for the first time at the age of 71.
Stamp duty on newspapers is abolished, creating the mass media market in the UK as newspapers became more widely and cheaply available.
Art and scienceFollowing a trip through the Holy Land to the Dead Sea, William Holman Hunt begins his symbolically-laden painting The Scapegoat.
John Millais marries Effie Gray, previously John Ruskin's wife, after their marriage was annulled that year.
The social theorist and sociologist Herbert Spencer and philosopher G. H. Lewes, publishes Principles of Pyschology, exploring a physiological basis to psychology.
InternationalThe Fall of Sebastopol in the Crimean war, as Russia retreats, and the exhaustion of the Turkish alliance means the war nears its end. Despite being rebuffed by Florence Nightingale's team of nurses, Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole travels to the Crimea, opening a 'British Hotel' for sick and injured soldiers. She gains significant attention and praise for her nursing work.
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