Thomas de Quincey

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Thomas de Quincey

by Sir John Watson-Gordon
oil on canvas, circa 1845
50 1/8 in. x 39 7/8 in. (1273 mm x 1013 mm)
Given by the artist's brother, Henry George Watson, 1865
Primary Collection
NPG 189

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  • Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859), Writer; author of 'Confessions of an Opium Eater'. Sitter in 4 portraits.

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  • Sir John Watson-Gordon (1788-1864), Portrait and historical subject painter. Artist or producer associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Cardinal Newman converts to Roman Catholicism. A leader of the Oxford movement , growing in influence since the 1820s, Newman had raised doubts about the authority of the Anglican church.
Ralph Etwall, MP for Andover, demands an inquiry into the administration of the Andover workhouse, which leads to the abolition of the Poor Law Commission, and resolution of Parliament to improve workhouse conditions.

Art and science

The American poet, short story writer, critic and leader of the American Romantic movement, Edgar Allan Poe, publishes his narrative poem 'The Raven'. The poem is a supernatural tale of a mysterious talking raven's visit to a distraught lover, who descends into madness, and explores themes of self-torture and obsession.
The reconstruction of Trafalgar Square, by architects John Nash and Sir Charles Barry, is completed.

International

Sir John Franklin's expedition in search of the North-West passage, the sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Franklin took two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, and a crew of 129 men made up Royal Navy officers. The crew never returned. Search parties sent out years later discovered the ships had got stuck in frozen waters, and that all the men had died.

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