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George Henry Davis

by Richard James Lane, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by John Lavars, after John Watkins
lithograph, published May 1847
20 3/4 in. x 13 5/8 in. (526 mm x 347 mm) paper size
Given by Austin Lane Poole, 1956
Reference Collection
NPG D21699

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  • M & N Hanhart (active 1839-1882), Lithographic printers. Artist associated with 333 portraits.
  • Richard James Lane (1800-1872), Sculptor and lithographer. Artist associated with 1225 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
  • John Lavars (active 1847). Artist associated with 2 portraits.
  • John Watkins (1823-1874), Photographer. Artist associated with 252 portraits.

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Current affairs

The 10 Hours Factory Act passed, regulating working hours for women and children under the age of eighteen to a maximum of ten hours a day.
The Communist League is founded in London, and drew up a set of rules and aims, including overthrowing the bourgeoisie and empowering the Proleteriat, and ending class division, forming the basis of Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto (1848).}
Death and emigration resulting from starvation, plague and disease during worst year of the Great Famine in Ireland, known as Black 47.

Art and science

A good year for novels: Emily Bronte's passionate, rebellious and gothic Wuthering Heightsis published, followed shortly by her sister Charlotte's 'Jane Eyre, a story of a governess's struggle for liberty from social and gender constrictions. Drawing on a similar vein of revolution and rebellious women, William Thackeray's satirical novel Vanity Fair is serialised.

International


The Don Pacifico affair sparks an international incident, when the Jewish trader's business was burned in an anti-semitic attack in Athens. When the Greek government refused to compensate him, Gibraltar-born Pacifico appealed to the British government. Foreign Minister Palmerston sent a squadron into the Aegean in 1850 to seize goods of the equivalent value, leading to strained relations with Turkey and Russia, and heated debates in Parliament.

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