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The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846

2 of 17 portraits of Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne

The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846, by John Partridge, circa 1846-1853 - NPG 342 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846

by John Partridge
oil on canvas, circa 1846-1853
74 in. x 145 in. (1880 mm x 3683 mm)
Given by John Partridge, 1872
Primary Collection
NPG 342


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Artistback to top

  • John Partridge (1789-1872), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Related worksback to top

  • NPG 343a: 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846' (study)
  • NPG 343b: Sketch for 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846' (sketch)
  • NPG 343c: Key to 'The Fine Arts Commissioners, 1846' (key)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 546
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 704
  • Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 421

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Current affairs

The Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel divides his own party by repealing the unpopular Corn Laws, which prohibited the import of cheap grain from overseas, viewed by many as causing the famines in Ireland (which peaked in this year), as well as domestic hardships following a bad harvest. Peel, defeated on a separate issue, resigns. The Whig Earl Russell becomes Prime Minister.

Art and science

Ether is used for the first time as anaesthetic in an operation by the dentist William Morton, while surgeon John Collins Warren removes a tumor on a patient's neck. Edward Lear, the popular humourist and artist, and author of illustrated nonsense verse (including 'The Owl and the Pussycat'), publishes his Book of Nonsense.

International

The first Anglo-Sikh war ends with the Treaty of Lahore, by which Jammu and Kashmir are ceded to the British. The war had been fought between the Sikh kingdom of the Punjab and the British East India Company, with conflict escalating after internal disorder in the Punjab led the East India Company to increase their military presence on the border.

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