© National Portrait Gallery, London
Edward King Fordham
by Samuel Bellin, published by Thomas Pickering, after Thomas Roods Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 10 August 1841
15 3/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (392 mm x 276 mm) plate size; 20 in. x 14 3/4 in. (507 mm x 376 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1971
- Samuel Bellin (1799-1893), Printmaker and draughtsman. Artist associated with 47 portraits.
- Thomas Pickering (active 1841-1851), Book, print and music seller. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Thomas Roods (active 1833-1867). Artist associated with 2 portraits.
Sir Robert Peel's second term as Prime Minister. Peel replaces the Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne after a Conservative general election victory. The English comic periodical Punch
is first published, under the auspices of engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, and quickly establishes itself as a radical commentary on the arts, politics and current affairs, notable for its heavily satirised cartoons.
Art and science
Thomas Carlyle publishes his set of lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship
, in which he attempts to connect past heroic figures to significant figures form the present. William Henry Fox Talbot invents the calotype process, in which photographs were developed from negatives. This allowed for multiple copies of images to be made, and was the basis of modern, pre-digital, photographic processing.
Signing of the Straits Convention, an international agreement between Britain, France, Prussia, Austria, Russia and Turkey, denying access to non-Ottoman warships through the seas connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, a major concession by Russia. Whilst signalling a spirit of co-operation, the convention emphasises the decline of the Ottoman Empire.