© National Portrait Gallery, London
King William IV
after a drawing by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey Click on the links below to find out more
tracing, 1837, based on a work of 1830
17 1/8 in. x 13 1/8 in. (435 mm x 333 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
- King William IV (1765-1837), Reigned 1830-37. Sitter associated with 144 portraits.
- Ormond, Richard, Early Victorian Portraits, 1973, p. 508
George IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and science
Liverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides
; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.
July Revolution in France overthrows the Bourbon dynasty. Charles X goes into exile in England and Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans is proclaimed King by the Chamber of Deputies who fear European opposition to the declaration of a second Republic.