© National Portrait Gallery, London
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey
by Joseph Epenetus Coombs, after Sir George Hayter Click on the links below to find out more
11 1/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. (291 mm x 235 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 11 in. (372 mm x 279 mm) paper size
- Joseph Epenetus Coombs (active 1830s-1850s), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- Sir George Hayter (1792-1871), Portrait and history painter; son of Charles Hayter. Artist associated with 198 portraits, Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
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.
Art and science
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
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.