© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Sir Martin Archer Shee Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1817
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. (743 mm x 616 mm)
Given by the sitter's grandson, Sharon Grote Turner, 1919
- Sir Martin Archer Shee (1769-1850), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Princess Charlotte, only daughter of George, Prince Regent and Caroline of Brunswick, dies in childbirth, prompting widespread mourning.Seditious Meetings Bill drives democratic societies underground.Rising depression and discontent; Prince Regent's coach attacked at state opening of Parliament.
Art and science
John Keats begins to write his epic poem Endymion
on the Isle of Wight; a rite of passage as a professional poet after deserting his medical career.John Constable exhibits Flatford Mill
, one of his most famous naturalistic landscape paintings, at the Royal AcademyJohn Rennie's new Waterloo Bridge opens.
Journalist William Cobbett flees to America fearing prosecution. Already imprisoned for two years for seditious libel he grew more vehemently pro-reform on his release and reduced the price of his weekly periodical the Political Register
to expand its circulation and influence to all classes. James Monroe is elected President of the United States.