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Josiah Wedgwood

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Josiah Wedgwood

by George Salisbury Shury, published by Henry Graves, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1863 (1782)
8 3/4 in. x 7 in. (220 mm x 177 mm) plate size; 11 1/8 in. x 9 in. (282 mm x 230 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D15576

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  • Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), Potter and industrialist. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • Henry Graves (1806-1892), Printseller and fine art publisher. Artist or producer associated with 48 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist or producer associated with 1424 portraits, Sitter associated with 39 portraits.
  • George Salisbury Shury (1815-1894), Printmaker. Artist or producer associated with 14 portraits.

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Current affairs

The opening of the world's first underground railway, with the Metropolitan Railway running trains between Bishop's Street, Padington and Farringdon. Work had begun in 1860, using the 'cut-and-cover' method of construction. The Metropolitan line inspired the construction of other underground railways - the Parisian 'Metro' took its name from the line.
The Football Association is founded.

Art and science

Julia Margaret Cameron takes up photography, taking portraits of some of the most celebrated figures of the day, with her romantic style capturing the sense of nostalgia and longing that characterised the age.
Kingsley's Water Babies; A Fairy Tale for Children is published, the hugely popular tale of drowned chimney sweep Tom's moral education in the river world of the water babies. It inspired the 1978 film starring James Mason.

International

At an international conference, the Geneva Public Welfare Society calls on the sixteen nations present to form voluntary units to help the wartime wounded. The society, comprised of five Swiss citizens and led by Henri Dunant, who had been deeply affected by the casualties he had witnessed at the Battle of Solferino, became the National Red Cross Societies, adopting the emblem of a red cross on white background.

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