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by Edwin Landseer
pen and wash, circa 1835
9 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (236 x 190 mm)
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- Samuel Rogers (1763-1855), Poet, banker and art connoisseur. Sitter in 23 portraits.
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- Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873), Painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits, Sitter in 22 portraits.
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Landseer's caricatures of Rogers are among his most biting and satirical. Here Rogers greets a monkey with apparent fraternal recognition. Rogers's poetry was highly praised in his lifetime and he was offered the Laureateship on the death of Wordsworth in 1850. Yet, it was frequently his appearance that attracted comment. Lord Byron wrote malicious lines about him and Sydney Smith offended him by suggesting that the only way he could sit for a portrait was if he covered his face in an attitude of prayer.
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Current affairsLord Melbourne, Whig, becomes Prime Minister following Peel's resignation. Melbourne's government took steps to suppress trade union activity, introducing legislation against 'illegal oaths', contributing to the failure of Robert Owen's Grand National Consolidated Trades' Union.
Art and scienceFelix Dujardin, the French biologist, reveals protoplasm.
Work on the enlargement and remodelling of Buckingham House to designs by the architect John Nash is completed, creating Buckingham Palace.
InternationalJuan Manuel de Rosas becomes dictator of Argentina, invoking a seventeen year rule dominated by terror. A powerful cattle rancher, he represents the rise of the estancieros, the new landed oligarchy based on commercial ranching.
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