Robinson Crusoe and his Man Friday (Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey; Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax)

1 portrait of Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax

Robinson Crusoe and his Man Friday (Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey; Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax), by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean, published 3 June 1840 - NPG D41575 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robinson Crusoe and his Man Friday (Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey; Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax)

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 3 June 1840
11 3/4 in. x 17 1/4 in. (298 mm x 437 mm) overall
acquired unknown source, 1900
Reference Collection
NPG D41575


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Artistsback to top

  • John ('HB') Doyle (1797-1868), 'HB'; caricaturist. Artist associated with 737 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 934 portraits.

Events of 1840back to top

Current affairs

Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort. The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system. The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.

Art and science

Beau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis. The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.

International

The Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah. The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under Treaty of Waitangi.

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