William Frederick Yeames
- Extended Catalogue Entry
William Frederick Yeames
by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, 1860s
8 3/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (212 mm x 159 mm)
Given by H. Saxe Wyndham, 1937
Artistback to top
- David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Yeames and Wynfield were both members of the St John's Wood Clique, who made their living painting historical genre scenes; most notably in Yeames's case the famous work set during the English Civil War, And When Did You Last See Your Father? Although taken seriously at the time, Wynfield's photographic portraits would later be dismissed as indulgent folly. Yeames's niece believed that Wynfield primarily aimed to use historical dress to bring out the character and physiognomy of his acquaintances 'for his private satisfaction'. She found his portrait of Yeames in Renaissance attire less 'effective' than his other works.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 682
Events of 1860back to top
Current affairsAn early feminist movement, The Society for Promoting the Employment of Women is founded by Adelaide Anne Proctor, Emily Faithfull, Helen Blackburn, Bessie Parks, Emily Davies, Barbara Bodichon, and Jessie Boucherett.
The Florence Nightingale Training School for Nurses opens at St Thomas's Hospital, in London, funded from the testimonial fund collected for Nightingale following her war services, and helping to establish nursing as a profession.
Art and scienceWilliam Morris and new wife Jane Burden move into the Red House, near Bexleyheath, Kent. The house, designed by Philip Webb, represents Morris's principle in interior design, that no object should be in a house that is not beautiful.
Ford Madox Brown paints The Last of England, showing a boat of emigrants leaving England under desperate circumstances, inspired by the emigration of the Pre-Raphaelite Thomas Woolner to Australia in 1852.
InternationalItalian unification continues as the Treaty of Turin brings much of Northern Italy under nationalist leader Cavour's control, who cedes Savoy and Nice to France. Garibaldi siezes the opportunity to invade Marsala in Sicily with his army of 1,000 redshirts, proclaiming himself dictator in the name of Victor Emmanuel II.
Republican Abraham Lincoln becomes President of the US, with only 39% of the popular vote.
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