Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

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Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt, by Alfred Robert Freebairn, after a gem by  John De Veaux, after a bust by  Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey, published 1837 - NPG D5485 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Bt

by Alfred Robert Freebairn, after a gem by John De Veaux, after a bust by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
line engraving, published 1837
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (216 mm x 133 mm) plate size; 13 5/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (347 mm x 225 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D5485


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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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