On this day: the death of Frederic Leighton

1880_Frederic_Leighton_-_Self_portrait Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA (3 December 1830 – 25 January 1896). English painter.

Self-portrait, 1880.

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.

Flaming_June,_by_Frederic_Lord_Leighton_(1830-1896) Flaming June, by Frederic Lord Leighton English Painting Art 1895.

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.

On this day…

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.

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On this day: the opening of the Blackwall Tunnel

The Blackwall Tunnel, which runs under the River Thames in London, was opened by the Prince of Wales on the 22nd of May, 1897.

Section_of_the_Blackwall_Tunnel A photograph showing a framing section of the Blackwall Tunnel being constructed at the Thames Ironworks. 1895.

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.

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The tunnel in 1899.

A second tunnel was opened in 1967.

On this day: the collapse of the Republic of Formosa

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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.

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Old Formosa

Formosa had only been proclaimed a republic on the 23rd of May the same year.

Japanese_Soldier_Entering_Taipei(1895)Drawing about the Moment Japanese Soldiers Entering Taipei City in 1895 after the Treaty of Shimonoseki between Qing and Japan

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.