15 of 15 portraits of John Dalton
by and published by James Stephenson
line engraving, published May 1845
19 7/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (505 mm x 393 mm) plate size; 21 in. x 13 3/8 in. (533 mm x 341 mm) paper size
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- John Dalton (1766-1844), Chemist and pioneer in nuclear physics. Sitter in 15 portraits.
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- James Stephenson (1808-1886), Engraver and lithographer. Artist associated with 13 portraits.
Events of 1845back to top
Current affairsCardinal Newman converts to Roman Catholicism. A leader of the Oxford movement , growing in influence since the 1820s, Newman had raised doubts about the authority of the Anglican church.
Ralph Etwall, MP for Andover, demands an inquiry into the administration of the Andover workhouse, which leads to the abolition of the Poor Law Commission, and resolution of Parliament to improve workhouse conditions.
Art and scienceThe American poet, short story writer, critic and leader of the American Romantic movement, Edgar Allan Poe, publishes his narrative poem 'The Raven'. The poem is a supernatural tale of a mysterious talking raven's visit to a distraught lover, who descends into madness, and explores themes of self-torture and obsession.
The reconstruction of Trafalgar Square, by architects John Nash and Sir Charles Barry, is completed.