David Wilkie Wynfield
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David Wilkie Wynfield
by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, 1860s
8 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (213 mm x 162 mm)
Given by H. Saxe Wyndham, 1937
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- David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 34 portraits.
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- David Wilkie Wynfield (1837-1887), Painter and photographer. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 94 Read entry
Wynfield’s namesake was his great uncle, godfather and renowned artist Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841). Wynfield was a member of the St John’s Wood Clique, a group of artists whose works evoked another age (a good example is And When Did You Last See Your Father?, 1878, by William Yeames). Wynfield’s attachment with the past manifested itself in works such as The Death of Buckingham (exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1871), which portrayed the murdered favourite of Charles I. This sensitive, demure and rather reticent image is one of a remarkable series of costume portraits that he made. Wynfield died of tuberculosis aged fifty and is buried in Highgate Cemetery.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 681
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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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