2 of 2 portraits of William Somerville
- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, circa 1830
20 in. x 13 3/8 in. (508 mm x 340 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
Artistback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist or producer associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
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Somerville was the husband to scientist Mary Somerville, and a military surgeon and physician to the Royal Hospital, Chelsea (1819-38). This is a rare example of one of Chantrey's drawings showing a sitter in three-quarter profile, and does not appear to be connected to a marble bust. Chantrey sometimes made drawings simply to record the appearance of friends or visitors to his studio.
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Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantrey's Portrait Drawings (2 April 2011 - 20 November 2011)
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Events of 1830back to top
Current affairsGeorge IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.
Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.
'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and scienceLiverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.
William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.
InternationalJuly Revolution in France overthrows the Bourbon dynasty. Charles X goes into exile in England and Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orleans is proclaimed King by the Chamber of Deputies who fear European opposition to the declaration of a second Republic.
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