Maria (née Walpole), Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh
by Samuel Freeman, published by Edward Orme, after William Marshall Craig Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 4 January 1817
7 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (192 mm x 135 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- William Marshall Craig (died 1827), Painter. Artist associated with 22 portraits.
- Samuel Freeman (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 79 portraits.
- Edward Orme (1775-1848), Engraver, printseller and property developer. Artist associated with 35 portraits.
Princess Charlotte, only daughter of George, Prince Regent and Caroline of Brunswick, dies in childbirth, prompting widespread mourning.Seditious Meetings Bill drives democratic societies underground.Rising depression and discontent; Prince Regent's coach attacked at state opening of Parliament.
Art and science
John Keats begins to write his epic poem Endymion
on the Isle of Wight; a rite of passage as a professional poet after deserting his medical career.John Constable exhibits Flatford Mill
, one of his most famous naturalistic landscape paintings, at the Royal AcademyJohn Rennie's new Waterloo Bridge opens.
Journalist William Cobbett flees to America fearing prosecution. Already imprisoned for two years for seditious libel he grew more vehemently pro-reform on his release and reduced the price of his weekly periodical the Political Register
to expand its circulation and influence to all classes. James Monroe is elected President of the United States.