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'Turkish Lady and Gentleman'

by William Morris Grundy, published by J. Elliott
albumen stereoscopic card, circa 1857
3 1/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. (84 mm x 173 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x196292

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  • J. Elliott, Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • William Morris Grundy (1806-1859), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

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Palmerston passes the Matrimonial Causes Act in the face of parliamentary opposition. The act establishes divorce courts, although women, unlike men, are not allowed to sue for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition is held, a follow-up to the Great Exhibition of 1851, although highlighting Britain's private art collections rather than industry and technology. More than 1.3 million people visit the event.

Art and science

Elizabeth Gaskell publishes The Life of Charlotte Brontë, a year after the author's death. The controversial biography consolidates the myth of the Brontë sisters as isolated geniuses living in remote Yorkshire.
Illustrator George Scharf becomes the first Secretary of the National Portrait Gallery, overseeing the collection's growth and its several moves around London before a permanent home is established in 1896, the year after Scharf's death.

International

The Indian Revolt was a significant rebellion against the rule of the East Indian Company and a culmination of decades of discontent about British rule. After a year of horrific violence on both sides, the revolt was suppressed. It led to a more involved role by the British government in India, taking over responsibility from the East India Company.

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