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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, by Thomas Heaphy, July 1802 - NPG 751 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

by Thomas Heaphy
watercolour and pencil, July 1802
10 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. (260 mm x 216 mm)
Given by Walter John Pelham, 4th Earl of Chichester, 1886
Primary Collection
NPG 751


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  • Thomas Heaphy (1775-1835). Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Thomas Heaphy produced several portraits of Palmerston of which this is the earliest, showing him as a young man of seventeen, shortly after the death of his father. The portrait was commissioned for presentation to his new guardian, Lord Pelham.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 358
  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 83
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 478

Events of 1802back to top

Current affairs

After returning from Naples, Nelson tours England with the diplomat and antiquarian Sir William Hamilton and his wife Emma, with whom he was having an affair. With Nelson's status confirmed as a national hero, their reception outrivals that of the King. Extensive strikes in government shipyards led by John Gast.

Art and science

Francis Jeffrey, MP and arbiter of literary taste, co-founds the Edinburgh Review, the influential Whig quarterly which voiced strong criticism of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey. The Exchange, where stocks were traded, is rebuilt to cope with an increase in business during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

International

Peace of Amiens; Britain finally agrees to unpopular peace, leaving France the chief power in Europe and returning recent British colonial acquisitions. Napoleon is declared First Consul of the French Empire for life. English flock to see the international war plunder now on display at the Louvre in Paris.

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