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by Thomas Stewardson
oil on canvas, 1824
35 3/4 in. x 28 in. (908 mm x 711 mm)
Given by the sitter's widow, 1873
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- George Grote (1794-1871), Classical historian and Liberal politician; MP for City of London. Sitter in 15 portraits.
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- Thomas Stewardson (1781-1859), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 25 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Grote is shown here as a 'philosophical Radical' in the year after he helped Bentham found the Westminster Review (1823) to promote political reform. Grote is best remembered for his twelve-volume History of Greece (1856) which established the framework of classical history.
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Current affairsAnti-Trade Union Combination Acts of 1799 and 1800 are repealed after persuasive arguments from radical Francis Place that prohibition of workers' combinations only increased their appeal. The unions had been banned for fear that they were becoming involved in democratic politics.
Art and scienceNational Gallery is established when Parliament agrees to purchase a collection of thirty-eight paintings from the estate of philanthropist John Julius Angerstein. William Seguier is appointed first Keeper.
Society of British Artists holds its first exhibition, aiming to appeal to a broader art public than those who visited the Royal Academy.
InternationalLord Byron dies of a fever at Missolonghi while fighting in the Greek War of Independence.
Britain declares war on Burma after threat of Indian invasion.
Singapore is ceded to Britain.
John Constable's Haywain receives Gold Medal at the Paris Salon.
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