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The Birmingham Musical Festival of 1867

5 of 8 portraits of Sir William Sterndale Bennett

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The Birmingham Musical Festival of 1867

by Henry Joseph Whitlock
albumen carte-de-visite, 1868
2 1/4 in. x 3 3/8 in. (57 mm x 87 mm) image size
acquired, 1967
Photographs Collection
NPG x134785

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  • Henry Joseph Whitlock (1835-1918), Photographer; son of Joseph Whitlock and older brother of Frederick Whitlock. Artist associated with 132 portraits.

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Current affairs

Following the Earl of Derby's resignation, Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister. However, following a near immediate Liberal election victory, he is replaced as Prime Minister by Gladstone. Gladstone sets out his mission to 'pacify Ireland'.
Separately, the first meeting of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is held in Manchester.
Public executions are abolished, and are moved from outside Newgate gaol to inside the prison.

Art and science

Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone published. Credited with writing the first sensation novel The Woman in White, Collins's claims another first here, as the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Herncastle diamond, is recognised as one of the first detective novels.

International

An uprising against Spanish rule in Cuba sparks off the Ten Years' War, in which 200,000 lives are lost. Cubans in the eastern provinces unite under wealthy planter Carlos Manuel de Cespedes. Another armed uprising takes place against Spanish rule in the town of Lares in Puerto Rico, known as the 'Grito de Lares'.

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Kurt Gänzl

24 July 2019, 02:37

You are one man short in your castlist. W G Cusins conductor of THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA.

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