© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir John Poo Beresford, 1st Bt
by Thomas Hodgetts, after Sir William Beechey Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1828
14 in. x 11 1/8 in. (355 mm x 283 mm) plate size; 23 1/8 in. x 17 3/8 in. (587 mm x 442 mm) paper size
- Sir John Poo Beresford, 1st Bt (1766-1844), Admiral and Conservative politician: MP for Coleraine, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northallerton and Chatham. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Thomas Hodgetts (active 1801-1846), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 76 portraits.
Duke of Wellington becomes Prime Minister.Madhouse Act attempts to regulate asylums and ensure new arrivals are genuinely insane.Repeal of the Test Acts removes political restrictions from dissenters, allowing them to hold public office.
Art and science
London Zoological Gardens open in Regent's Park. They provide both entertainment and a supply of exotic specimens for naturalists and anatomists such as Richard Owen who becomes a European authority on the subject.
Daniel O'Connell is elected Member of Parliament for County Clare but as a Catholic is not permitted to take his seat.