Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

1 portrait on display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1874
4 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (105 mm x 63 mm) overall
Given by Terence Pepper, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG x197559

On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Current affairs

Disraeli becomes Prime Minister for the second time, winning the general election and giving the Conservative party its first absolute majority since the 1840s.
Professional opportunities for women develop, with the opening of the London School of Economics to women, the foundation of the London School of Medicine for Women and the Women's Protective and Provident League.

Art and science

The Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, etc., including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro organise an exhibition in Paris. Art critic Louis Leroy gives the group its name, criticising Monet's Impression, Sunrise for being merely an unfinished 'impression'. Impressionism becomes recognisable for techniques such as short, broken brushstrokes barely conveying forms, pure unblended colours, and an emphasis on the effects of light.

International

Britain annexes the Gold Coast, the region on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, now the independent nation of Ghana, following the second Ashanti war. The Treaty of Fomena secured massive financial reparations for the British, and strengthened their hold on the prosperous resources and trade routes in the regions. However, weakening the Ashanti tribe greatly destabilised the area.

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