The Cock Pit

1 portrait of Charles Pepys, 1st Earl of Cottenham

The Cock Pit, by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean, published 16 February 1837 - NPG D41403 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Cock Pit

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 16 February 1837
11 3/8 in. x 16 3/4 in. (289 mm x 427 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1900
Reference Collection
NPG D41403


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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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The controversial monarch William IV dies of pneumonia in June leaving no legitimate heirs, and is succeeded to the throne by his niece Victoria, one month after her eighteenth birthday. The Registration Act of Births, Marriages and Deaths makes it compulsory for all births, marriages and deaths to be registered at a Registry Office.

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Dickens's second novel Oliver Twist is serialised in Bentley's Magazine. The story of the orphan Oliver is an attack on the Poor Law Amendment Acts (1834), a highly contentious piece of legislation which abolished outdoor relief, effectively increasing entry in the workhouse. The novel, famously made into a musical in 1968, marks Dickens as an outspoken social critic as well as a highly popular and commercial writer.

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The Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin is killed in a duel with Baron Georges d'Anthès. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian and was the first Russian writer to use everyday speech in his poetry. His works include Eugene Onegin.

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