Daniel O'Connell

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Daniel O'Connell, by Sir George Hayter, 1834 - NPG 4582 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Daniel O'Connell

by Sir George Hayter
oil on millboard, 1834
14 in. x 12 in. (356 mm x 305 mm)
Purchased, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4582

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  • Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847), Irish politician; MP for Dublin City and Cork County. Sitter associated with 217 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), Portrait and history painter; son of Charles Hayter. Artist associated with 198 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.

This portraitback to top

In the finished group portrait, The House of Commons, 1883, O'Connell is shown among the Radicals on the opposition front bench, leaning forward as in the sketch but with hat in hand.

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  • NPG 54: The House of Commons, 1833 (finished work)

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Current affairs

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.

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