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A Royal Commission

4 of 6 portraits of Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury

A Royal Commission, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Charles Etienne Pierre Motte, published by  Thomas McLean, published 30 July 1830 - NPG D41008 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A Royal Commission

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Charles Etienne Pierre Motte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 30 July 1830
11 1/4 in. x 16 1/4 in. (286 mm x 412 mm) overall
acquired unknown source, 1900
Reference Collection
NPG D41008


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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.

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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.

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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.

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