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by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1837
44 in. x 35 5/8 in. (1118 mm x 905 mm)
Given by the widow of the sitter's great-grandson, Mrs M.E. Leigh Hunt, 1931
Sitterback to top
- James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), Poet, essayist and critic. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Samuel Laurence (1812-1884), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 38 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The painter Samuel Laurence was the husband of Hunt's cousin. Artist and sitter knew each other well and this portrait is said to be the best likeness of the writer.
Linked publicationsback to top
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- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 109
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 90
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 39
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 321
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 268
Events of 1837back to top
Current affairsThe controversial monarch William IV dies of pneumonia in June leaving no legitimate heirs, and is succeeded to the throne by his niece Victoria, one month after her eighteenth birthday.
The Registration Act of Births, Marriages and Deaths makes it compulsory for all births, marriages and deaths to be registered at a Registry Office.
Art and scienceDickens's second novel Oliver Twist is serialised in Bentley's Magazine. The story of the orphan Oliver is an attack on the Poor Law Amendment Acts (1834), a highly contentious piece of legislation which abolished outdoor relief, effectively increasing entry in the workhouse. The novel, famously made into a musical in 1968, marks Dickens as an outspoken social critic as well as a highly popular and commercial writer.
InternationalThe Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin is killed in a duel with Baron Georges d'Anthès. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian and was the first Russian writer to use everyday speech in his poetry. His works include Eugene Onegin.
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