'Adoration of the Magi'
4 of 6 portraits of Arthur, Prince of Wales
'Adoration of the Magi'
by Unknown artist
lithograph, published 1878
13 3/4 in. x 20 1/2 in. (350 mm x 520 mm) paper size
Sittersback to top
- Arthur, Prince of Wales (1486-1502), Eldest son of Henry VII. Sitter associated with 6 portraits. Identify
- King Henry VII (1457-1509), Reigned 1485-1509. Sitter associated with 66 portraits. Identify
- John Morton (circa 1420-1500), Administrator and Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 4 portraits. Identify
This portraitback to top
The print is based on the painting of the adoration of the three kings on the chancel screen of Plymtree Church, Devon. It includes figures formerly thought to be John Morton, Arthur, Prince of Wales and King Henry VII.
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1878back to top
Current affairsThe University of London becomes the first English university to admit women to examination and degree, although women had been allowed to attend classes at the University since 1830.
The former British Prime Minister Lord John Russell dies at Pembroke Lodge, in Surrey.
Art and scienceLibel trial between critic John Ruskin and artist Whistler, provoked after Ruskin's review of Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket accused Whistler of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face'. Whistler sued Ruskin, and although Ruskin was found guilty, he only had to pay one farthing in damages; the case bankrupted Whistler.
Frederic Leighton, the renowned painter and sculptor is elected President of the Royal Academy.
InternationalThe Treaty of Berlin is signed following the end of the Turkish-Russo war (1877-8). In a major shake-up of the Balkans, Bulgaria became autonomous, and Serbia, Montenegro, and Romania gained independence and territory, and Bosnia-Herzegovina was assigned to Austria for administration. The British delegation, including Lord Russell and Disraeli, score diplomatic success in limiting Russian influence in the Balkans, continuing to prop up Turkey.
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