Peter Mark Roget
4 of 4 portraits of Peter Mark Roget
Peter Mark Roget
by Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, early 19th century
11 1/2 in. x 8 7/8 in. (292 mm x 226 mm) plate size; 17 1/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (437 mm x 299 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1959
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- Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), Physician, philologist and savant; author of 'Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases'. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Events of 1800back to top
Current affairsWidespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
InternationalLord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 16 March 2018
- Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
Until 2 July