© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Joseph Epenetus Coombs, after Sir George Hayter Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, probably 1830s
12 7/8 in. x 10 in. (326 mm x 255 mm) plate size; 13 3/4 in. x 10 1/8 in. (349 mm x 258 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1955
- Wadham Locke (1779-1835), Politician; MP for Devizes. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- 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.
George IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and science
Liverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides
; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.
July Revolution in France overthrows the Bourbon dynasty. Charles X goes into exile in England and Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans is proclaimed King by the Chamber of Deputies who fear European opposition to the declaration of a second Republic.