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Sir Horace ('Horatio') Mann, 1st Bt

3 of 3 portraits by John Astley

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Sir Horace ('Horatio') Mann, 1st Bt

by William Greatbach, published by Richard Bentley, after John Astley
line engraving, published 1891 (1752)
8 1/2 in. x 5 5/8 in. (217 mm x 144 mm)
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14135

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Artistsback to top

  • John Astley (1724-1787), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Richard Bentley (1794-1871), Printer and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 65 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • William Greatbach (1802-1885), Engraver and illustrator. Artist or producer associated with 40 portraits.

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  • NPG D42620: Sir Horace ('Horatio') Mann, 1st Bt (from same plate)

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Current affairs

The Irish Nationalist leader Charles Parnell is forced to resign after being named in the divorce proceedings brought by William O'Shea against his wife Kitty, who had been Parnell's mistress for a decade. The scandal severely damages the campaign for the Home Rule Bill, contributing greatly to its subsequent failure. Parnell's health also suffered; he contracted rheumatic fever and died a few months after resigning.

Art and science

Thomas Hardy's publishes Tess of the D'Urbervilles, a tragedy which explores the consequences of the young Tess's seduction by the wealthy Alec D'Urberville. In the novel, Hardy sets forward his major concerns about the individual's powerlessness before fate, whilst radically critiquing the hypocritical double standards of contemporary morals.


The construction of Trans-Siberian railway, the longest single rail system in Russia, begins in the Urals and at Vladivostock. Running between Moscow and Vladivostock, work was completed in 1917.
The German aviation pioneer Otto Lilenthal takes off in the first glider from a hill near Potsdam, the first of many guided flights and an important step in the development of aerial technology.

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