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Samuel Vale as the Idle Apprentice

2 of 2 portraits of Samuel Vale

Samuel Vale as the Idle Apprentice, by John Rogers, published by  George Virtue, after  Thomas Charles Wageman, published 1827 - NPG D7723 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel Vale as the Idle Apprentice

by John Rogers, published by George Virtue, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1827
8 5/8 in. x 5 1/2 in. (218 mm x 140 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D7723

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Sitterback to top

  • Samuel Vale (1797-1848), Actor and comedian. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • John Rogers (circa 1808-circa 1888), Engraver. Artist associated with 26 portraits.
  • George Virtue (1794-1868), Publisher. Artist associated with 28 portraits.
  • Thomas Charles Wageman (1787-1863), Painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Artist associated with 262 portraits, Sitter associated with 2 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D38637: Samuel Vale as the Idle Apprentice (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Lord Liverpool suffers a stroke and is forced to resign as Prime Minister. George Canning succeeds him only to die after four months in office.

Art and science

University College London, the first metropolitan university in England, is founded specifically to educate dissenters excluded from Oxford and Cambridge. Whig politician Henry Brougham, writer Thomas Campbell and financier and philanthropist Isaac Goldsmid are its principal patrons.


Britain, France and Russia sign a treaty in London agreeing to intervene in the Greek War of Independence. Allied troops under General Edward Codrington subsequently destroy Turkish and Egyptian fleets at the Battle of Navarino. Western Australia is explored for the first time by Captain Stirling.

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