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Henry Beauchamp Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp ('A thin piece of Parliament'), by and published by Richard Dighton, published April 1822 - NPG D13364 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Beauchamp Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp ('A thin piece of Parliament')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published April 1822
10 3/4 in. x 7 in. (274 mm x 178 mm) plate size; 14 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (375 mm x 265 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D13364

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  • Richard Dighton (1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 308 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

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Lord Castlereagh (the Marquis of Londonderry) commits suicide after a blackmail campaign against him. Tory cabinet joined by liberals George Canning and Robert Peel. Canning is appointed Foreign Secretary.

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John Nash completes the remodelling of the King's villa, the Brighton Pavilion and begins plans for the new layout of Regent Street and Regent's Park. The Caledonian Canal opens to link eastern to western Scotland. The Sunday Times is founded.


David Wilkie exhibits celebrated Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Academy to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. It proves so popular a rail has to be erected to protect it. First major failure of the potato crop in Ireland. A large-scale public works programme is implemented to provide employment.

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