© National Portrait Gallery, London
King George IV
by Thomas Wyon Jr, after Sir Thomas Lawrence Click on the links below to find out more
silver medal with ribbon, 1816
1 3/8 in. (35 mm) diameter
Given by Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, 5th Lord Kenyon and his sister, the Hon. Mrs Desmond Cooke, 1983
- King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 196 portraits.
- Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 684 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
- Thomas Wyon Jr (1792-1817), Medallist. Artist associated with 2 portraits.
- NPG 5575: King George IV (from same die)
Marriage of Princess Charlotte to Leopold I.Income Tax abolished.Unsuccessful Spa Fields Riot led by the ultra-radical Arthur Thistlewood which aimed to attack the Tower of London and the Bank of England and set up a ruling 'Committee of Public Safety' following the French model.
Art and science
Jane Austen publishes Emma.Leeds and Liverpool Canal completed.
British Government buys the Elgin Marbles, taken from the Acropolis in Athens by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, and brought to England between 1803 and 1812. Their acquisition prompts support from Thomas Lawrence and Benjamin Robert Haydon and condemnation from Lord Byron.Slave rebellion fails in Barbados; four hundred slaves are executed.