George Frideric Handel

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George Frideric Handel

printed by M & N Hanhart, published by Ashdown & Parry, after Thomas Hudson
lithograph, circa 1850s-1860s (1749)
14 in. x 9 3/4 in. (357 mm x 249 mm) paper size
Given by John Hall, 1972
Reference Collection
NPG D42822

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  • Ashdown & Parry (active 1860), Music publishers and sellers. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • M & N Hanhart (active 1839-1882), Lithographic printers. Artist or producer associated with 334 portraits.
  • Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist or producer associated with 182 portraits.

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Sheet music cover to 'Reminiscences of the Handel Festival'.

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Current affairs

Cardinal Wiseman, a Catholic priest who had exerted a strong influence on the Oxford movement, is made a Cardinal and leader of the Catholic church in England, thus restoring Roman Catholic hierarchy in England.

Art and science

Death of poet laureate William Wordsworth; his great autobiographical poem The Prelude is published posthumously, famously charting the growth of the poet's mind.
Tennyson's In Memoriam is also published. A poignant record of his grief over the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, the poem also movingly questions the strength of faith in an increasingly scientific age.

International

Up to 50,000 pioneers travel west in wagons on the Oregon trail in the United States, one of the main overland migration routes across the continent. Spanning over half the continent, the trail led 2,170 miles through territories and land which would later become six US states, including Kansas, Wyoming and Oregon, helping the US to implement its goal of Manifest Destiny - building a nation spanning the North American continent.

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