by John Field
plaster, the profile in flat brown paint with highlights in gold powder, circa 1823
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (79 mm x 64 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1939
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Linked publicationsback to top
- Hickman, Peggy, Silhouettes, 1972 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 June - 29 August 1972), p. 24
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 50
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 50
Events of 1823back to top
Current affairsGaols Act is passed to build new prisons, raise standards in old ones and institute regular inspections. It is prompted by the vigorous campaigning of reformers such as Elizabeth Fry, leader of the Ladies Association for the Improvement of Female Prisoners in Newgate Prison.
Anti-Slavery Committee is founded in London.
Art and scienceArchitect, Robert Smirke begins construction of the British Museum.
Thomas Wakley founds The Lancet, the first weekly medical journal and important mouthpiece of medical reform.
Charles Babbage begins work on the first calculating machine.
Charles Macintosh invents waterproof fabric.
InternationalCatholic Association is founded by Daniel O'Connell in Ireland in an attempt to mobilise and politicise the entire Irish Catholic population in a systematic challenge to the ruling Protestant ascendancy.
War breaks out between France and Spain.
English missionary John Smith died in prison having been sentenced to be hanged for failing to take up arms against slaves in Demerara.