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Joshua William Allen, 6th Viscount Allen

by Alfred, Count D'Orsay
pencil and chalk, circa 1832-1848
12 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (310 mm x 207 mm) uneven
Purchased, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 4026(2)

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  • Alfred, Count D'Orsay (1801-1852), Amateur artist and man of fashion. Artist or producer associated with 267 portraits, Sitter associated with 13 portraits.

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William IV agrees to the creation of new peers in order to obtain the passage of the Reform Act, although this proved unnecessary when the Tories withdrew opposition. Male franchise is extended by fifty percent; fifty-six 'rotten boroughs' lose representation and forty-one new constituencies are created. Irish and Scottish Reform Acts are also passed.

Art and science

Mathematician Charles Babbage publishes his best selling Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. In response to recent outbreaks of machine-breaking and riots, he aimed to reveal the sources of Britain's industrial strength to the urban elite and promote institutional change.
Parliament votes funds for National Gallery buildings in Trafalgar Square.

International

Free land grants end for English settlers in Australia on recommendation of the leading colonisation theorist Edward Wakefield in his Letter from Sydney.
Greek independence recognised by the Treaty of London.

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