- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Albert Charles Challen
oil on panel, 1869
9 1/2 in. x 6 1/4 in. (240 mm x 180 mm)
Purchased with help from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Gallery supporters, 2008
Sitterback to top
- Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant) (1805-1881), Jamaican nurse, adventurer and writer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 41
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 80
- Audio Guide
- 100 Pioneering Women, p. 67
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 4
- Funnell, Peter (introduction); Marsh, Jan, A Guide to Victorian and Edwardian Portraits, 2011, p. 53
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 181
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 154
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1869back to top
Current affairsGladstone introduces the Irish Church Disestablishment Act, which disestablishes the Church of Ireland, disassociating it from the state and repealing the paying of tithes to the Anglican Church of Ireland.
Girton College is founded in Cambridge by Barbara Bodichon and Emily Davies, the first residential college for women in England; women were granted full membership to the University in 1948.
Art and scienceRussian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev invents the periodic table of elements, which arranges elements within a group in order of their atomic mass.
The British scientist Mary Somerville publishes her last book On Molecular and Microscopic Science.
Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir paint together in the open air at La Grenouillère, developing the Impressionist style.
InternationalThe Suez canal opens, linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez with the Mediterranean Sea, and transforming trade routes between Europe and Asia as merchants no longer had to circumvent Africa. The canal was largely in British and French control until Egyptian nationalisation in 1956, which sparked off the international Suez crisis.
Serialisation of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel of Russian society during the Napoleonic wars, War and Peace finishes.
See this portrait
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
- Portrait of the Day: Mary Seacole
25 November, 12:30