4 of 15 portraits of John Dalton
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
18 in. x 24 5/8 in. (459 mm x 626 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
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- John Dalton (1766-1844), Chemist and pioneer in nuclear physics. Sitter in 15 portraits.
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- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
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Chantrey was commissioned to make a statue of Dalton for the Royal Institution in Manchester by a 'committee of Scientific Gentlemen', for which he received £2100. The statue has since been relocated to Manchester Town Hall. Dalton was a great admirer of William Wollaston, inventor of the camera lucida, and during sittings for these drawings, Dalton was able to view Chantrey's collection of 'busts and statues without end'.
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- From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantrey’s Portrait Drawings (2 April 2011 - 20 November 2011)
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Current affairsSir Robert Peel, Tory, replaces Whig Lord Melbourne as Prime Minister, promising measured reform in a shift from reactionary 'Tory' to more measured 'Conservative' politics (he had voted for the 1832 Reform Act).
Trial of Tolpuddle Martyrs, six labourers transported to Australia after trying to raise funds for workers in need by forming a Friendly Society.
Art and scienceCharles Babbage's invents the Analytic Machine. Considered to be the forerunner to the modern computer, the machine was able to make automatic mathematical calculations.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton publishes his hugely popular, but now largely neglected, novel Last Days of Pompeii, set in the Italian city at the time of Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79AD.
InternationalDom Miguel I, King of Portugal, is defeated by his brother Pedro IV, in the Portuguese civil war.
Slavery is abolished in the British dominions, although slaves still working are indentured to their former owners in an 'apprenticeship' system; the philanthropist Joseph Sturge was a prominent critic of the policy, which was abolished in 1838. Whilst slave owners received compensation, slaves received nothing.