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Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn

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Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, by Sir William Beechey, 1818 - NPG 647 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn

by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, 1818
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. (743 mm x 616 mm)
Bequeathed by William Page Wood, Baron Hatherley, 1881
Primary Collection
NPG 647


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  • Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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In this portrait he is in uniform as the Colonel of the Royal Scots Regiment of Foot. He wears the Ribbon and Star of the Garter across his chest and the Badge of St Patrick on a green ribbon round his neck. The portrait was probably painted for Sir Mathew Wood, a trustee of the Duke's estate. Bequeathed by Wood's son, Lord Hatherley, 1881.

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Current affairs

Death of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III's Queen since 1761. Official enquiry initiated into Queen Caroline's conduct abroad.

Art and science

Mary Shelley anonymously publishes her masterpiece Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus which reflects growing concern about the role of morality in science. Lord Byron completes his romance Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage, whose gloomy, dissolute hero was probably based on the writer himself.

International

Stamford Raffles acquires authorisation to construct a fort at Singapore marking the beginning of its development as a centre of East-West trade. Congress of European Alliance at Aix-La-Chapelle. Lord Castlereagh plays a central role in establishing a pan-Europe peace settlement to bring a chastened France back into the world of political respectability.

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