Edmund Kean as Richard III
by George Cruikshank, after (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, circa 1814
7 5/8 in. x 5 in. (193 mm x 127 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Edmund Kean (1787-1833), Actor. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
- George Cruikshank (1792-1878), Caricaturist and illustrator. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 32 portraits.
- (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856), Caricaturist and miniature painter. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Princess Caroline leaves England for a lengthy series of travels in Europe and the Middle East. Scandalous gossip promptly surrounds her relationship with her Italian valet, Count Bartholomew Bergami.George, Prince Regent, hosts a visit of the victorious allies to England with spectacular celebrations and fireworks at Carlton House.
Art and science
John Soane completes the construction of Dulwich Picture Gallery.First steam printing machine in the world is used to publish The Times
.New Royal Mint opens at Tower Hill with improved precision machinery.Grand Western Canal completed from Loudwell to Tiverton.
Paris falls under allied attack; Napoleon sent into exile on Elba.Force of British veterans lands at Chesapeake Bay, defeats Americans at Bladensburg and burns parts of Washington DC.Peace treaty signed with Americans in Ghent. General Pakenham is killed leading attack on New Orleans before news of the peace reaches America.