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Mary Russell Mitford

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Mary Russell Mitford

by John Lucas, after Benjamin Robert Haydon
oil on millboard, feigned oval, circa 1853, based on a work of 1824
14 in. x 12 1/4 in. (356 mm x 311 mm)
Purchased, 1875
Primary Collection
NPG 404

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  • Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846), History painter and diarist. Artist or producer associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.
  • John Lucas (1807-1874), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 36 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Neither Haydon's original nor Lucas's modified copy were liked by Mary Mitford. 'Everybody detests the portrait', she wrote, also calling it 'the cook-maid thing of poor dear Haydon'.

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Anti-Trade Union Combination Acts of 1799 and 1800 are repealed after persuasive arguments from radical Francis Place that prohibition of workers' combinations only increased their appeal.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 science

National 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.


Lord 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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