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Herbert Campbell

by Alfred Concanen, published by Charles Sheard
chromolithograph, circa 1870s
13 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (349 mm x 251 mm) paper size
Given by John Hall, 1972
Reference Collection
NPG D42782

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  • Alfred Concanen (1835-1886), Lithographer. Artist associated with 16 portraits.
  • Charles Sheard (born 1826), Publisher. Artist associated with 18 portraits.

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Sheet music cover for 'The pew-opener' by Frederick Bowyer.

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Current affairs

William Edward Forster's Education Act is passed, making provisions for education for all under-13s. It demonstrated the balance in Gladstone's first ministry between progressive reform and conservativism by spreading literacy, whilst maintaining the status of Church schools.
The Married Women's Property Act gives wives rights over their own earnings.

Art and science

The Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet, based on Shakespeare's play and written with the aid of composer Mily Balakirev, debuts in Moscow, conducted by Nikolai Rubenstein.
W. G. Grace becomes cricket captain of Gloucestershire, marking the start of a successful decade for the club in which they won three 'Champion County' titles.


Isaac Butt, an Irish MP at Westminster, forms the Home Rule Association.
The Franco-Prussian war breaks out between France and a coalition of German states led by Prussia. Provoked by the candidacy of German Prince Leopold Hohenzollen-Sigmaringen for the Spanish throne, France declared war in July after Bismark published the deliberately provocative Ems telegraph, in which the French were represented in an offensive light on the issue.

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John Culme

21 February 2020, 18:08

The Trocadero. [Week beginning Monday, 9 June 1884]
'Mr Herbert Campbell amused us, and caused much laughter in the character of a pew-opener of the feminine sort, and as a gentleman who is going to make ''other arrangements'' for the good of his country.' (The Era, London, Saturday, 14 June 1884, p. 11c)

'The Cambridge. [Wednesday, 9 July 1884]
'Mr Fred. Albert's Benefit. - It must be a special occasion that can cram this East-end hall, popular as it is, on a sweltering evening in July. . . . Mr. Herbert Campbell had many amusing particulars to relate of a certain middle-aged and comfortable-looking female, who officiated as a pew-opener.' (The Era, London, Saturday, 12 July 1884, p. 15b)

'The Trocadero.
'On the evening of Monday last [3 November 1884] the performance here was for the benefit of Mr Walter Hehl, the popular treasurer. . . .
'Mr Herbert Campbell sang drolly as usual of ''Paradise Villa,'' where lodgers wee ''taken in'' in more senses than one. His impersonation of an elderly pew-opener was also voted funny. Much laughter and some excitement came too of Mr Campbell's clever skit upon the singers of political songs.' (The Era, London, Saturday, 8 November 1884, p. 10b)

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