Sir Henry Irving
2 of 2 portraits by Joshua James Foster
Sir Henry Irving
by Joshua James Foster, for Dickinson Brothers & Foster
albumen cabinet card, 1876
5 3/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (136 mm x 100 mm) image size
Sitterback to top
- Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) (1838-1905), Actor-manager. Sitter in 122 portraits.
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Collecting photographs of distinguished sitters was a fashionable pastime in the Victorian era and cabinet cards were easily accessible and popular. Irving is shown displaying some of the swagger one might expect in an actor at the top of his profession.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographers' studio, 114 New Bond Street, London)
Events of 1876back to top
Current affairsFollowing the introduction of the Royal Titles Act, Queen Victoria is proclaimed Empress of India, with Disraeli deliberately flattering Victoria's imperialist ambitions. In turn, Victoria creates Disraeli Earl of Beaconsfield; he continues to run government from the Lords.
Art and scienceThe classical-subject painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, famous for his elegant depictions of the Roman Empire, paints An Audience at Agrippa's.
US inventor Alexander Graham Bell invents and patents the telephone following research into vocal physiology and speech instruction for the deaf, after discovering that sound could be transmitted and reconverted through an electric wire by using a continuous electric current.
International15,000 Bulgarian Christians are slaughtered by Turkish troops in retaliation for the killing of 300 Turks in Batak at the start of the Bulgarian uprising. The Turkish government practices further repression by compulsorily transferring people of other ethnicities to Bulgaria to make the Bulgarians a minority. Gladstone published a pamphlet The Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East attacking Turkish actions, selling 200,000 copies in a month.
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