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Robert Bruce, 1st Earl of Ailesbury and 2nd Earl of Elgin, by Robert Dunkarton, after  Sir Peter Lely, published 1814 - NPG D317 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Bruce, 1st Earl of Ailesbury and 2nd Earl of Elgin

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, published 1814
11 3/8 in. x 8 in. (291 mm x 206 mm) plate size; 12 in. x 8 1/2 in. (308 mm x 218 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D317

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  • Robert Dunkarton (circa 1744-1811?), Engraver and portrait painter. Artist associated with 164 portraits.
  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.

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Princess Caroline leaves England for a lengthy series of travels in Europe and the Middle East. Scandalous gossip promptly surrounds her relationship with her Italian valet, Count Bartholomew Bergami. George, Prince Regent, hosts a visit of the victorious allies to England with spectacular celebrations and fireworks at Carlton House.

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John Soane completes the construction of Dulwich Picture Gallery. First steam printing machine in the world is used to publish The Times. New Royal Mint opens at Tower Hill with improved precision machinery. Grand Western Canal completed from Loudwell to Tiverton.


Paris falls under allied attack; Napoleon sent into exile on Elba. Force of British veterans lands at Chesapeake Bay, defeats Americans at Bladensburg and burns parts of Washington DC. Peace treaty signed with Americans in Ghent. General Pakenham is killed leading attack on New Orleans before news of the peace reaches America.

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