5 of 8 portraits of William Austin
by Unknown artist
stipple engraving, circa 1820
6 3/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (162 mm x 115 mm) plate size; 8 3/8 in. x 5 1/4 in. (214 mm x 133 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1955
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Sitterback to top
- William Austin (1802-1857), Adopted son of Queen Caroline. Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
Events of 1820back to top
Current affairsGeorge III dies at Kew on 29 January and George IV ascends to the throne.'Trial of Queen Caroline' in the House of Lords; Parliament drops the Bill which was to legitimise a divorce between Caroline and George IV.Cato Street Conspiracy to assassinate the cabinet discovered. Arthur Thistlewood and fellow conspirators are hung.
Art and scienceSir Thomas Lawrence becomes President of the Royal Academy.Astronomical Society is set up by John Herschel and Charles Babbage. First iron steamship is launched.
InternationalActor, Edmund Kean goes on a successful tour of America after making his name at the Drury Lane Theatre.Revolutions begin in Spain, Portugal and Naples.The famous ancient Greek statue of the Venus de Milo is rediscovered on the Island of Melos and purchased by the Louvre in Paris.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
Until 2 July
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
31 January, 12:30