Various writers, historians and philanthropists
5 of 6 portraits of Amelia Edwards
Various writers, historians and philanthropists
by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
7 3/4 in. x 5 3/8 in. (198 mm x 137 mm) image size
Artistback to top
- Elliott & Fry (active 1863-1962), Photographers. Artist associated with 10996 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882), Novelist. Sitter in 10 portraits.
- William Black (1841-1898), Journalist and novelist. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- John Stuart Blackie (1809-1895), Classical scholar and teacher. Sitter in 14 portraits.
- Robert Browning (1812-1889), Poet; husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sitter in 53 portraits.
- Elihu Burritt (1810-1879), Philanthropist, linguist and social activist. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Historian and essayist; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 84 portraits.
- (William) Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), Novelist. Sitter in 25 portraits.
- Cotton. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831-1892), Novelist and egyptologist. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Poet and philosopher. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- William Edward Forster (1818-1886), Industrialist, philanthropist and Liberal politician; MP for Bradford; son of William Forster. Sitter in 23 portraits.
- James Anthony Froude (1818-1894), Historian and editor of 'Fraser's Magazine'. Sitter associated with 29 portraits.
- Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), 'Sabrina' and 'Zoide'; poet and hymn writer. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Thomas Hughes (1822-1896), Social reformer and children's writer. Sitter in 16 portraits.
- Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), Novelist, Church of England clergyman and controversialist. Sitter in 47 portraits.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), Poet. Sitter in 21 portraits.
- George MacDonald (1824-1905), Poet and novelist. Sitter in 17 portraits.
- Florence Marryat (1837-1899), Novelist. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Catherine Marsh (1818-1912), Philanthropist and writer. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt (1784-1885), Financier, Jewish community leader and philanthropist. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- William Morris (1834-1896), Poet, craftsman and socialist. Sitter in 68 portraits.
- John Ruskin (1819-1900), Writer, artist and social reformer. Sitter associated with 80 portraits.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), Poet and literary reviewer. Sitter in 25 portraits.
- Tom Taylor (1817-1880), Playwright, comic writer and editor of Punch. Sitter in 17 portraits.
- Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson (1809-1892), Poet Laureate. Sitter in 97 portraits.
- Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), Novelist. Sitter associated with 27 portraits.
Events of 1890back to top
Current affairsWilliam Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, publishes In Darkest England, in which he compares the supposedly 'civilised' England with 'Darkest Africa'. A critique of the degenerate state of society, Booth also proposed social welfare schemes to alleviate the sufferings of the urban poor.
The world's first electric underground railway opens to the public in London, passing under the Thames and linking the City of London and Stockwell.
Art and scienceWilliam Morris founds the Kelmscott Press, a revival of art and craft techniques of book printing. Publications included The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896), with decorative designs and typeface by Morris and illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones.
Vincent Van Gogh dies after shooting himself in the chest in Auvers-sur-Oise, France.
Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray first appears in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine .
InternationalCecil Rhodes, organiser of the diamond-mining De Beers Consolidated Mines, becomes premier of Cape Colony as part of his expansionist aims in South Africa.
In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II dismisses Otto von Bismarck.
An international anti-slavery conference is held in Brussels, leading to the signing of a treaty by all the major maritime nations covering action to be taken against the trade in Africa and suppression of it by sea.
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