© National Portrait Gallery, London
King William IV
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey Click on the links below to find out more
pencil, 1820s or 1830s
19 1/8 in. x 13 in. (485 mm x 333 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
- King William IV (1765-1837), Reigned 1830-37. Sitter associated with 144 portraits.
George III dies at Kew on 29 January and George IV ascends to the throne.'Trial of Queen Caroline' in the House of Lords; Parliament drops the Bill which was to legitimise a divorce between Caroline and George IV.Cato Street Conspiracy to assassinate the cabinet discovered. Arthur Thistlewood and fellow conspirators are hung.
Art and science
Sir Thomas Lawrence becomes President of the Royal Academy.Astronomical Society is set up by John Herschel and Charles Babbage. First iron steamship is launched.
Actor, Edmund Kean goes on a successful tour of America after making his name at the Drury Lane Theatre.Revolutions begin in Spain, Portugal and Naples.The famous ancient Greek statue of the Venus de Milo is rediscovered on the Island of Melos and purchased by the Louvre in Paris.