Mary Callinack (Kelynack)

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Mary Callinack (Kelynack)

by N. Plusgenski, printed by Stannard & Dixon, published by Addison & Hollier
chromolithograph, circa 1851-1852
13 3/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (341 mm x 245 mm) paper size
Given by John Hall, 1972
Reference Collection
NPG D42817

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  • Addison & Hollier, Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • N. Plusgenski (active 1851), Lithographer. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Stannard & Dixon (active 1847-1852), Lithographic printers. Artist or producer associated with 6 portraits.

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Sheet music cover for 'The Mary Callinack polka' by Henry W. Goodban.

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A population census is taken of all the people living in Britain, recording details about every householder on the night of March 30. This census greatly extends the fields of the 1841 census, being the first to record full details of individuals' birth locations, exact age, marital status, and details of disability, thus making it a valuable tool for demographers and genealogists. The census was made open for public inspection in 1912.

Art and science

The Great Exhibition is held in London,at the Crystal Palace, especially designed by Sir Joseph Paxton. The international exhibition was designed to showcase the best in science, art and industry. it attracted millions of visitors.
Lizzie Siddal poses for John Millais's painting Ophelia.
Hermann von Helmotz invents the ophthalmoscope, making it possible for doctors to examine within a patient's eye.

International

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, President of the French Republic, stages a coup d'état, successfully dissolving the French National Assembly without having the constitutional right to do so. Now the sole ruler of France, he re-establishes universal suffrage, previously abolished by the Assembly and becomes 'Napoléon III, Emperor of the French'.

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Alva Mac Gowan

28 December 2018, 23:44

The elderly woman depicted, Mary Callinack, an 85 year old fish seller from Cornwall famously walked for 250 miles from Cornwall to London to see the Great Crystal Palace.