© National Portrait Gallery, London
by and published by Richard Dighton Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 1818
11 3/4 in. x 8 in. (300 mm x 204 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Edmund Kean (1787-1833), Actor. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
- Richard Dighton (1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 311 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
- NPG D47084: Edmund Kean ('Mr. Kean as Lucius Junius, in Brutus') (from same plate)
Death of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III's Queen since 1761.Official enquiry initiated into Queen Caroline's conduct abroad.
Art and science
Mary Shelley anonymously publishes her masterpiece Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus
which reflects growing concern about the role of morality in science.Lord Byron completes his romance Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage
, whose gloomy, dissolute hero was probably based on the writer himself.
Stamford Raffles acquires authorisation to construct a fort at Singapore marking the beginning of its development as a centre of East-West trade.Congress of European Alliance at Aix-La-Chapelle. Lord Castlereagh plays a central role in establishing a pan-Europe peace settlement to bring a chastened France back into the world of political respectability.