© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Richard Evans Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, exhibited 1834
50 1/4 in. x 40 1/8 in. (1276 mm x 1019 mm)
- Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), Social philosopher and writer; sister of James Martineau. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Richard Evans (1784-1871), Artist. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
- Birkett, Dea; Morris, Jan (foreword), Off the Beaten Track: Three Centuries of Women Travellers, 2004 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 7 July to 31 October 2004), p. 107
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 303
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 415
Sir 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 science
Charles 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.
Dom 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.