Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1850s
2 5/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (68 mm x 53 mm) image size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Charles Dickens: Life and Legacy (24 October 2011 - 22 April 2012)
Events of 1850back to top
Current affairsCardinal Wiseman, a Catholic priest who had exerted a strong influence on the Oxford movement, is made a Cardinal and leader of the Catholic church in England, thus restoring Roman Catholic hierarchy in England.
Art and scienceDeath of poet laureate William Wordsworth; his great autobiographical poem The Prelude is published posthumously, famously charting the growth of the poet's mind.
Tennyson's In Memoriam is also published. A poignant record of his grief over the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, the poem also movingly questions the strength of faith in an increasingly scientific age.
InternationalUp to 50,000 pioneers travel west in wagons on the Oregon trail in the United States, one of the main overland migration routes across the continent. Spanning over half the continent, the trail led 2,170 miles through territories and land which would later become six US states, including Kansas, Wyoming and Oregon, helping the US to implement its goal of Manifest Destiny - building a nation spanning the North American continent.
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