John Loudon McAdam
1 of 3 portraits of John Loudon McAdam
John Loudon McAdam
by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1830
35 1/4 in. x 27 1/4 in. (895 mm x 692 mm)
Given by the sitter's descendant, Katharine L. Scott (née Steuart), 1950
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This portraitback to top
In the background of this portrait workmen can be seen laying down a road. Beyond them lies Bristol where, from 1816, McAdam first applied his construction technique on an extensive scale.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 34
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 153
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 396
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 326
Events of 1830back to top
Current affairsGeorge IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.
Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.
'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and scienceLiverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.
William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.
InternationalJuly Revolution in France overthrows the Bourbon dynasty. Charles X goes into exile in England and Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans is proclaimed King by the Chamber of Deputies who fear European opposition to the declaration of a second Republic.
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- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
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- Life, Death and Memory
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