© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt ('A view in the Justice Room, Guildhall')
by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 1819 (1824)
7 1/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (184 mm x 210 mm) plate size; 10 in. x 11 5/8 in. (254 mm x 295 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Richard Dighton (1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 308 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
- Thomas McLean (1788-1875), Publisher and dealer. Artist associated with 952 portraits.
- NPG D8793: Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt ('A view in the Justice Room, Guildhall') (from same plate)
- NPG D13318: Sir Matthew Wood, 1st Bt ('A view in the Justice Room, Guildhall') (from same plate)
Peterloo Massacre leaves eleven dead and four hundred wounded as crowds, gathered to hear radical Henry Hunt call for reform of the House of Commons, are forcibly dispersed. Six Acts are passed, stiffening the 1795 Treason Act and introducing a tax on the periodical press which was viewed as seditious.
Art and science
Percy Bysshe Shelley writes Ode to the West Wind
during a year of extraordinary creativity in which he also finishes Prometheus Unbound
.Lord Byron publishes his tour-de-force Don Juan
; one man's mock-epic odyssey through a world without fixed principles. First ship with a steam engine crosses the Atlantic in twenty-eight days.
Thomas Jefferson establishes the University of Virginia.Royal Navy anti-slave squadron is set up to patrol the West African coastline.French physician Rene Laennac invents the stethoscope.