© National Portrait Gallery, London
William Harrison Ainsworth
by William Greatbach, after Richard James Lane Click on the links below to find out more
lithograph, circa 1825-1850
7 3/4 in. x 5 5/8 in. (197 mm x 144 mm) paper size
Given by Austin Lane Poole, 1956
- William Greatbach (1802-1885), Engraver and illustrator. Artist associated with 40 portraits.
- Richard James Lane (1800-1872), Sculptor and lithographer. Artist associated with 1178 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
Strikes, contract breaking and worker intimidation prompt the passing of a new Anti-Trade Union Combination Act to the dismay of economist John McCulloch, MP Joseph Hume and radical Francis Place who had worked for the repeal of the previous year. Catholic Relief Bill is rejected by the House of Lords.
Art and science
Construction of Thames Tunnel begins under the direction of Marc Isambard Brunel.Stockton to Darlington Railway, the world's first passenger system, opens.William Hazlitt publishes The Spirit of the Age
; twenty-five pen-portraits of his contemporaries in the world of literature, philosophy and politics.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
premieres in London. John Quincy Adams is elected President of the United States.