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by Edwin Landseer
oil on panel, 1836
24 in. x 17 3/4 in. (610 mm x 451 mm)
Given by Mrs C.R. Fox, 1873
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- John Allen (1771-1843), Historian and resident physician at Holland House. Sitter in 1 portrait.
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- Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits, Sitter in 22 portraits.
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John Allen, the historian and Master of Dulwich College, was a member of the Holland House circle. This portrait was painted by Landseer early in 1836 while the artist was staying for a fortnight at Holland House, in Kensington. It was commissioned by Lord Holland as a present for his wife whose sixty-fifth birthday it was on the 25 March. Mrs Norton described the portrait as 'The best little picture of dear old Mr Allen that could be done if they tried for a century'. Painted in the chamber known as Allen's Room, Landseer has depicted the historian absorbed in his reading and surrounded by a pile of old books. To the left is a bronze cast of Edward Pierce's bust of Cromwell.
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- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Holland House, Kensington and chelsea, London)
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Current affairsWilliam Lovett founds the Working Men's Association, the precursor to Chartism, with the aim to achieving equal social and political rights between men of all classes.
A reduction in stamp duty from 4d to 1d helps to keep unstamped newspapers off the street, and leads to wider circulation of legal newspapers.
The first railway line is built in London, connecting to Greenwich and operated by the London Greenwich Railway (LGR).
Art and scienceThe American poet and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson outlines his theory of transcendentalism in Nature, in which he argues for individualism above traditional authority, stressing the infinitude of the private self and the possibility of achieving an original relation to the universe.
The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer publishes On the Will in Nature, a precursor to his famous The World as Will and Representation.
InternationalTexas declares its independence from Mexico following a series of battles, including those at the Alamo and Goliad. Sam Houston is the first president of Texas, serving both in 1836-38 and 1841-44.
The city of Adelaide is founded in Australia, at the mouth of the Torrens river, named in honour of Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV.
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