© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron
by Raphael Morghen, after Lorenzo Bartolini Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1822
10 1/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (258 mm x 205 mm); 11 1/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (283 mm x 221 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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.
Art and science
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
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.