On the 25th of January, 1896, the bearer of the shortest-lived title in the history of the English peerage died aged sixty-five.
Famous painter and sculptor Frederic Leighton, known as 1st Baron Leighton at the time of his death, succumbed to angina pectoris only one day after being awarded the title.
One of his most famous works, Flaming June, painted the year before his death.
Leighton was also an enthusiastic volunteer soldier, and his funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral in London was accompanied by a guard of honour.
This sketch of Blackpool Beach in England appeared in the Manchester Times, with the title On the sands at Blackpool, on the 16th of August, 1895.
The Blackwall Tunnel, which runs under the River Thames in London, was opened by the Prince of Wales on the 22nd of May, 1897.
Under construction in 1895.
Work began on the tunnel in 1892 and construction cost £1.4 M. 800 men were employed and seven deaths were recorded.
The tunnel in 1899.
A second tunnel was opened in 1967.
Flag and seal of the Republic (1895)
On the 21st of October, 1895, the Republic of Formosa (on the island of Taiwan) collapsed when Japanese forces invaded.
Formosa had only been proclaimed a republic on the 23rd of May the same year.
Japanese illustration of the occupation of the capital city.
The Japanese landed nearby on the 29th of May, waging a five-month campaign before occupying the capital, Tainan, in October.
1895: Angie Means stands on a giant Amazonian water lily pad, Victoria regia, in the Phipps Conservatory‘s Victoria room.
I know all kinds of things used to happen on a frozen Thames, but this is pretty scary to see! Thinking of how the river is now, I just can’t imagine it!