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'Two Bright Constellations' (William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester; Sir Robert Thomas Wilson)

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'Two Bright Constellations' (William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester; Sir Robert Thomas Wilson), by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean, published 27 July 1833 - NPG D41211 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Two Bright Constellations' (William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester; Sir Robert Thomas Wilson)

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 27 July 1833
11 1/4 in. x 16 3/8 in. (286 mm x 415 mm) overall
acquired unknown source, 1900
Reference Collection
NPG D41211


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  • John ('HB') Doyle (1797-1868), 'HB'; caricaturist. Artist associated with 738 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Alfred Ducôte (active 1830-1840), Lithographer and lithographic printer. Artist associated with 462 portraits.
  • Thomas McLean (1788-1875), Publisher and dealer. Artist associated with 952 portraits.

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Shaftesbury's Factory Act is passed regulating women's hours and providing for the education of children working in the textile industry. Bank Act is passed, making Bank of England notes Britain's legal tender.

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Charles Lamb publishes Last Essays of Elia after the enormous success of his earlier Essays. A comic allegorization of his humdrum clerical job they become one of the period's literary sensations. Charles Dickens begins his series Sketches by Boz in the Monthly Magazine.

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Abolition of slavery in the British Empire; 780,000 slaves are freed, £20 million is allocated as compensation for slave owners and a six year apprenticeship system for freed slaves is established.

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