by and after Samuel William Reynolds Jr Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1830s or 1840s
14 1/2 in. x 11 in. (368 mm x 280 mm) plate size; 19 1/2 in. x 13 3/8 in. (496 mm x 340 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Potter (1778-1842), Reformist; founding member of the 'Little Circle' and Liberal politician; MP for Wigan. Sitter in 5 portraits.
George IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and science
Liverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides
; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.
July Revolution in France overthrows the Bourbon dynasty. Charles X goes into exile in England and Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans is proclaimed King by the Chamber of Deputies who fear European opposition to the declaration of a second Republic.