George Frederic Watts

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George Frederic Watts

after George Andrews
photogravure postcard print, February 1896; published 1904 or after
5 3/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (137 mm x 87 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x197701

Sitterback to top

  • George Frederic Watts (1817-1904), Painter and sculptor; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter in 43 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 93 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • George Andrews (1838-1924), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 5 portraits.

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Events of 1896back to top

Current affairs

Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest-reigning monarch in Britain.
The first speeding conviction is given to Walter Arnold of Kent, for exceeding the limit of 2 mph.
William Morris, the author, designer and prominent socialist, dies at Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, aged 62.

Art and science

Dan Leno, creator of the Pantomine Dame, is signed to Drury Lane theatre company, where he stays for sixteen years, playing some of the best known Pantomine characters.
Henry Ford builds his first gasoline-powered car. Running on four bicycle wheels it was dubbed the 'Quadricycle'; its success contributed to the founding of the Ford Motor Company in 1903.

International

The first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, organised by the International Olympic Committee, formed in Paris in 1894. Events included athletics, cycling, weightlifting and wrestling, with around fourteen nations competing.
Rhodes resigns as Cape Colony Prime Minister after refusing to repudiate Jameson for his part in the raid on the Transvaal.

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