by Charles John Robertson
watercolour on ivory, 1815
5 1/4 in. x 3 7/8 in. (133 mm x 98 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Charles John Robertson (1779?-active 1829), Miniature painter. Artist of 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
William Beale first served as a chorister at Westminster Abbey before going to sea as a midshipman. He later devoted his career to music and became an organist and composer of glees and madrigals. Around 1816 he is recorded as living in Westminster, and the organ depicted here may be that of Westminster Abbey. This miniature, painted in watercolour on ivory, is dated on the reverse to 7th September 1815. Very little is known about the artist who made it, apart from the fact that he studied at the Royal Academy schools and for a time belonged to a sketching club of which Alfred Edward Chalon was also a member.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 101
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 41
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 109
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 29
Events of 1815back to top
Current affairsJohn and James Leigh Hunt are released from prison after a two year sentence for slandering the Prince of Wales in their outspoken, radical periodical the Examiner.
Corn Laws are introduced to protect against the collapse in prices which would inevitably follow peace with France, prompting riots in London.
Art and scienceHumphry Davy invents the miners' safety lamp though its reception is clouded by William Clanny and George Stephenson who present rival models in the same year.
British Institution arranges first in innovative series of Old Master exhibitions
provoking virulent attack on its patrons for neglecting contemporary art.
InternationalNapoleon returns to France from exile in Elba and resumes power until his abdication on 22 June; a period known as the 'Hundred Days'.
Battle of Waterloo concludes the Anglo-French struggle that had lasted more than a century. Peace of Vienna establishes Britain's global political, economic and imperial dominance which lasts for the next hundred years.