© National Portrait Gallery, London
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
by and published by William Skelton, after Sir William Beechey Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1815
19 1/4 in. x 15 3/8 in. (488 mm x 390 mm) plate size; 23 7/8 in. x 20 1/8 in. (605 mm x 510 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- William Skelton (1763-1848), Engraver. Artist associated with 58 portraits.
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.Corn Laws are introduced to protect against the collapse in prices which would inevitably follow peace with France, prompting riots in London.
Art and science
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Napoleon returns to France from exile in Elba and resumes power until his abdication on 22 June; a period known as the 'Hundred Days'. Battle of Waterloo concludes the Anglo-French struggle that had lasted more than a century. Peace of Vienna establishes Britain's global political, economic and imperial dominance which lasts for the next hundred years.