A Pitiful Looking Group

1 portrait of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

A Pitiful Looking Group, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean, published 22 June 1836 - NPG D41376 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A Pitiful Looking Group

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 22 June 1836
11 3/8 in. x 16 3/4 in. (289 mm x 427 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1900
Reference Collection
NPG D41376

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  • John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford (1766-1839), Landowner; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
  • Joseph Hume (1777-1855), Doctor and politician; MP for Aberdeen Burghs, Middlesex and Montrose Burghs. Sitter associated with 74 portraits.
  • Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847), Irish politician; MP for Dublin City and Cork County. Sitter associated with 217 portraits.
  • John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792-1878), Prime Minister and writer. Sitter in 244 portraits.
  • Henry Warburton (1785-1858), Philosophical radical. Sitter in 9 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • 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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William Lovett founds the Working Men's Association, the precursor to Chartism, with the aim to achieving equal social and political rights between men of all classes. A reduction in stamp duty from 4d to 1d helps to keep unstamped newspapers off the street, and leads to wider circulation of legal newspapers. The first railway line is built in London, connecting to Greenwich and operated by the London Greenwich Railway (LGR).

Art and science

The American poet and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson outlines his theory of transcendentalism in Nature, in which he argues for individualism above traditional authority, stressing the infinitude of the private self and the possibility of achieving an original relation to the universe. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer publishes On the Will in Nature, a precursor to his famous The World as Will and Representation.


Texas declares its independence from Mexico following a series of battles, including those at the Alamo and Goliad. Sam Houston is the first president of Texas, serving both in 1836-38 and 1841-44. The city of Adelaide is founded in Australia, at the mouth of the Torrens river, named in honour of Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV.

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