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Antonio Canova

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Antonio Canova

by James Posselwhite, published by William Mackenzie, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mixed method, before 1884
10 3/4 in. x 7 1/8 in. (272 mm x 180 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D42645

Sitterback to top

  • Antonio Canova (1757-1822), Italian sculptor and painter. Sitter associated with 8 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

Artistsback to top

  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 688 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
  • William Mackenzie (active mid 19th century), Publishers. Artist associated with 5 portraits.
  • James Posselwhite (1798-1884), Engraver. Artist associated with 44 portraits.

Events of 1884back to top

Current affairs

The Third Reform Act further reduces the financial threshold for voters, extending the franchise to all householders in the counties, achieving uniformity with those in the boroughs, and effectively doubling the electorate from 2.5 million to just under 5 million.
Foundation of the socialist group, the Fabian Society. The group quickly grows in size, including members Eleanor Marx, George Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb.

Art and science

Under the editorship of James Murray, the Oxford English Dictionary begins publication, with the tenth and final volume appearing 1928. The idea for a historical dictionary of the English language had been conceived by members of the Philological Society in 1857, including Frederick Furnivall, and some 800 voluntary readers contributed to the immense project.

International

Germany annexes Southwest Africa, Togoland, the Cameroons, and Tanganyike, and launches the scramble for Africa as it becomes the third largest colonial power in the continent. Bismarck also invites the European powers to a West Africa conference in Berlin, which, carving up the map of Africa between them, regulates colonial practice, frees trade and prohibits slavery, formally marking the start of the New Imperialism which would flourish until World War I.

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