The Intellect and Valour of Britain.Engraved from the Original Painting in the possession of Mr. John Garle Browne.
Published August 12th, 1864, by John Garle Browne, Botcheston, Leicester [and others.]
Mixed method engraving, 1085 x 730mm. 42ĺ x 28ĺ". Three tears into plate from above. Tatty margins.
The artistís spectacular imagining of a gathering of the most significant people in Britainís political, military, technological and cultural life, celebrating Britainís contribution to the civilisation of the world. The group at the far left under the picture of a young Queen Victoria includes, from left to right: British War heroes such as Sir Henry Havelock who led the relief of Lucknow in 1858; next to them, a group of distinguished parliamentarians, reformers and writers, including Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister in 1868 and from 1874-80; the famous historian of Britain, Lord Macaulay; Earl Derby, three times Prime Minister (1852, 1858-59 and 1866-68); the great Liberal, William Gladstone, four times Prime Minster. Also Viscount Palmerston, Prime Minister from 1855-8 and 1859-65; and Richard Cobden, the great advocate of free trade and critic of the unpopular Opium Wars in China and the Crimean War. Also featured from the literary world is Charles Dickens, the immensely popular novelist, essayist and writer; the Poet Laureate, Lord Tennyson, and the artist Daniel Maclise. Leading scientists of the day include Michael Faraday, who made great discoveries for the application of magnetic fields, and Richard Owen, inventor of the term Ďdinosaurí, a giant in the field of palaeontology and evolution and a fierce opponent of Darwinís revolutionary theory of natural selection. Also the missionary and explorer of Africa, Dr David Livingstone, and the novelist Charles Makepeace Thackeray. After Thomas Jones Barker (1815 - 1882), son of Thomas Barker of Bath.
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