by Unknown artist
watercolour on ivory
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. (89 mm x 64 mm) oval
Given by Hugh Carey, 1981
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Sitterback to top
- Bennet Woodcroft (1803-1879), Clerk to commissioners of patents, textile manufacturer and inventor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Dicken's 'indefatigable Woodcroft'; textile manufacturer, industrial archaeologist, pioneer of marine propulsion, a prime mover in patent reform and the first clerk to the comissioners of patents. Founder of the Patent Office Library, now part of the British Library, and the Patent Museum, whose collections are now in the Science Museum.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 676
Events of 1830back to top
Current affairsGeorge 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 scienceLiverpool 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.
InternationalJuly 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.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 31 December
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
19 December, 12:30