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by Peter Rouw Click on the links below to find out more
wax medallion, 1809
4 in. (102 mm) diameter
Given by Francis Wellesley, 1915
- William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 168 portraits.
- Peter Rouw (1771-1852). Artist associated with 7 portraits.
Duke of Portland resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Spencer Perceval.Motion for parliamentary reform is defeated in the House of Commons.Notorious duel between George Canning and Viscount Castlereagh over strategic failures against Napoleon.
Art and science
Maria Edgeworth publishes Tales of Fashionable Life
, a popular and perceptive series of stories exploring Anglo-Irish society after the Union.Robert Smirke completes the New Covent Garden Theatre after fire. 'Old Price' theatre riots quickly break out against rising cost of admission.Pall Mall in London is lit by gas for the first time.
British army lands in Lisbon and defeats the French at Talavera. Arthur Wellesley is created Viscount Wellington as a result of this victory.Walcheren expedition led by General Chatham, which aimed to take Antwerp, fails amidst allegations of military corruption and carnage.James Madison is elected President of the United States.