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William Wordsworth, by James Bromley, published by  Moon, Boys & Graves, published by  James Ryman, published by  Robert Roe, after  Sir William Boxall, published 10 June 1832 - NPG D36297 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Wordsworth

by James Bromley, published by Moon, Boys & Graves, published by James Ryman, published by Robert Roe, after Sir William Boxall
mezzotint, published 10 June 1832
16 7/8 in. x 14 in. (428 mm x 355 mm) plate size; 27 1/8 in. x 19 3/4 in. (688 mm x 503 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
Reference Collection
NPG D36297

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  • Sir William Boxall (1800-1879), Painter and Director of the National Gallery. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • James Bromley (1800-1838), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
  • Moon, Boys & Graves (active 1829-1834), Publishers. Artist associated with 23 portraits.
  • Robert Roe (1793-1880), Painter, engraver, publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
  • James Ryman (active 1832-1873), Printseller. Artist associated with 15 portraits.

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Current affairs

William IV agrees to the creation of new peers in order to obtain the passage of the Reform Act, although this proved unnecessary when the Tories withdrew opposition. Male franchise is extended by fifty percent; fifty-six 'rotten boroughs' lose representation and forty-one new constituencies are created. Irish and Scottish Reform Acts are also passed.

Art and science

Mathematician Charles Babbage publishes his best selling Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. In response to recent outbreaks of machine-breaking and riots, he aimed to reveal the sources of Britain's industrial strength to the urban elite and promote institutional change. Parliament votes funds for National Gallery buildings in Trafalgar Square.


Free land grants end for English settlers in Australia on recommendation of the leading colonisation theorist Edward Wakefield in his Letter from Sydney. Greek independence recognised by the Treaty of London.

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