Julia Margaret Cameron
Julia Margaret Cameron
possibly by Charles Somers Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers
albumen print, 1858-1859
7 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (183 mm x 113 mm)
Acquired, before 1979
Sitterback to top
- Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Pioneer photographer. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 114 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Charles Somers Cocks, 3rd Earl Somers (1819-1883), Representative peer; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Events of 1858back to top
Current affairsAfter Palmerston's government collapses, the Earl of Derby becomes Prime Minister for second time, again heading a minority government.
The Property qualification for MPs is abolished; one of the demands made by the Chartists, this allowed men who did not own property to stand as parliamentary candidates. Lionel Nathan Rothschild becomes the first Jew to sit in Britain's House of Commons, taking his oath on the Old Testament.
Art and scienceThe pianist Charles Hallé founds a symphony orchestra in Manchester, the Halle; now Britain's oldest professional orchestra. The Hallé symphony rose to prominence in the mid-20th century, under the tenure of conductor John Barbirolli, during which time they made many recordings, including Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 8.
InternationalThe British Crown assumes control of India from the East India Company.
The Treaty of Tientsin, ending the Second Opium War, gives European powers new rights to intervene in Chinese affairs
The Fenian Brotherhood is founded by John O'Mahony, an Irish emigrant to the United States, to support Irish republican ambitions.
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