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'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster

'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster, published by Illustrated London News, published 4 February 1854 - NPG D47366 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Statues in St Stephen's Hall and the Central Hall', New Palace of Westminster

published by Illustrated London News
wood engraving, published 4 February 1854
15 3/4 in. x 11 1/8 in. (401 mm x 283 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source
Reference Collection
NPG D47366

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Sittersback to top

  • Anne of Bohemia (1366-1394), Queen of Richard II. Sitter in 6 portraits.
  • Anne Neville, Queen of England (1456-1485), Consort of King Richard III. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • Anne Boleyn (circa 1500-1536), Second Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
  • Berengaria of Navarre (circa 1165-1230), Consort of King Richard I. Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 335 portraits.
  • King Edward I (1239-1307), Reigned 1272-1307. Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
  • King Edward III (1312-1377), Reigned 1327-77. Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • King Edward IV (1442-1483), Reigned 1461-70 and 1471-83. Sitter associated with 37 portraits.
  • King Edward VI (1537-1553), Reigned 1547-53. Sitter associated with 48 portraits.
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine (circa 1122-1204), Consort of Louis VII, King of France; later consort of King Henry II. Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
  • Eleanor of Provence (circa 1223-1291), Consort of King Henry III. Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Elizabeth Woodville (circa 1437-1492), Queen of Edward IV. Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • King Henry II (1133-1189), Reigned 1154-89. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
  • King Henry III (1207-1272), Reigned 1216-72. Sitter associated with 34 portraits.
  • King Henry IV (1367-1413), Reigned 1399-1413. Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • King Henry V (1387-1422), Reigned 1413-22. Sitter associated with 32 portraits.
  • King Henry VII (1457-1509), Reigned 1485-1509. Sitter associated with 66 portraits.
  • Isabella of Angoulême (circa 1188-1246), Queen of England and second consort of King John. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Isabella of France (1292-1358), Queen of Edward II. Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • King John (1167-1216), Reigned 1199-1216. Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), Reigned 1542-67. Sitter associated with 151 portraits.
  • Matilda of Boulogne (circa 1103-1152), Queen consort of King Stephen. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Philippa of Hainault (1314?-1369), Queen of Edward III. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • King Richard III (1452-1485), Reigned 1483-85. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.

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The Working Men's College in London is founded by Frederick Maurice, who along with Charles Kingsley, a leading proponent of Christian Socialism, mocked by its opponents as 'muscular Christianity'. Christian Socialism attempted to combine the fundamental aims of socialism with the ethics of Christianity.
William Howard Russell is sent to cover the Crimean war by his paper, The Times; his dispatches mark the start of modern war correspondence.

Art and science

The artist William Powell Frith paints his famous Ramsgate Sands, Life at the Seaside, an astute observation of modern leisure time.
Dr John Snow, the founder of epidemiology, discovers that cholera is spread by water, rather than air, following the deaths of 500 people in ten days who had drank from a water pump in Broad Street. The Public Health Act is passed in response, setting up the General Board of Health.


Britain enters the Crimean war on 31 March, after an alliance is formed between Turkey, France, Sardinia and Britain against Russia. Florence Nightingale achieves great fame in introducing modern nursing techniques to the battlefield, earning her the title 'Lady with the Lamp'.

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Maria Quade

08 July 2019, 01:19

In Portrait 25 illustrated with images of Kings and Queens of England, it identifies the wife of Edward IV as Phillipa. This needs to be corrected as his Queen was Elizabeth Woodville.

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