Sir Frederic William Burton
1 portrait of Sir Frederic William Burton
Sir Frederic William Burton
by Cundall, Downes & Co, or by John Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. (88 mm x 58 mm) image size
Given by Algernon Graves, 1916
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- Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), Watercolour painter and Director of the National Gallery. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist associated with 11 portraits.
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Burton presented this carte-de-visite to George Scharf, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, which he inscribed on the reverse 'To G.S with friendliest greetings from F.W.B, Sept 5th 1863'. Scharf had been friends with the artist and scholar since 1858, but after Burton's appointment as Director of the National Gallery in 1874, he became an increasingly important professional associate. Scharf and Burton interacted over the course of the next twenty years in a spirit of casual reciprocity: comparing notes on institutional procedures, swapping annual reports and collection catalogues, and alerting one another to suitable pictures for their respective collections.
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- George Scharf and his Circles: the National Portrait Gallery and the Victorian art world (21 September 2015 - 1 January 2016)
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Current affairsThe 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 scienceJulia 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.
InternationalAt 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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