Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

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Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by or after Daniel Maclise
pen and ink, circa 1833
9 3/4 in. x 7 3/8 in. (248 mm x 188 mm)
Purchased, 1940
Primary Collection
NPG 3093

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  • Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), History and portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 108 portraits, Sitter associated with 17 portraits.

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Shaftesbury's Factory Act is passed regulating women's hours and providing for the education of children working in the textile industry.
Bank Act is passed, making Bank of England notes Britain's legal tender.

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Charles Lamb publishes Last Essays of Elia after the enormous success of his earlier Essays. A comic allegorization of his humdrum clerical job they become one of the period's literary sensations.
Charles Dickens begins his series Sketches by Boz in the Monthly Magazine.


Abolition of slavery in the British Empire; 780,000 slaves are freed, £20 million is allocated as compensation for slave owners and a six year apprenticeship system for freed slaves is established.

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Peter cheer

03 September 2020, 20:11

This is an early depiction of a gentleman wearing a ‘long chain’ (later called a guard chain, or [for female use] a muff chain), as observed by Peter Hinks in Nineteenth Century Jewellery (Faber collectors library)
“Men sometimes wore a similar type of chain, and a drawing after Daniel Maclise shows the young Disraeli wearing one around his neck, with the watch it supported tucked into his waistcoat pocket”.