© National Portrait Gallery, London
Henrietta Frances (née Cole), Countess de Grey
by Richard Austin Artlett, after Alfred Edward Chalon Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1839
13 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (338 mm x 261 mm) plate size; 16 3/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (416 mm x 276 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Austin Artlett (1807-1873), Engraver. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
- Alfred Edward Chalon (1780-1860), Portrait and subject painter. Artist associated with 179 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
The Bedchamber crisis strains relations between the government and the monarchy, after Queen Victoria refuses to dismiss her Whig-appointed ladies of the bedchamber at the request of the new, Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. Peel resigns and Melbourne returns as Prime Minister. The Grand National is first held at the Aintree race course, won by the horse Lottery, and the first Henley Royal Regatta, the rowing event, is held on the Thames.
Art and science
The French and British scientists Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot separately publicise their experiments with the new form of photography. The prolific journalist Harriet Martineau publishes her three decker novel Deerbrook
, the story of middle class country life.
The first Opium War with China is sparked after the British government refuses to try six British soldiers accused of killing a Chinese man protecting a temple from looters. Relations were strained as Britain had promoted the drug opium in China to boost trade. Winning the war, Britain secured vital trading rights. African captives aboard the Spanish ship La Amistad
revolt, resulting in a highly publicised court case.