Candelabrum

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Candelabrum

by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
pencil, 1820s or 1830s
23 3/8 in. x 16 3/4 in. (594 mm x 427 mm)
Given by Mrs George Jones, 1871
Primary Collection
NPG 316a(202)

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George III dies at Windsor Castle on 29 January and George IV ascends to the throne.
'Trial of Queen Caroline' in the House of Lords; Parliament drops the Bill which was to legitimise a divorce between Caroline and George IV.
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Sir Thomas Lawrence becomes President of the Royal Academy.
Astronomical Society is set up by John Herschel and Charles Babbage.
First iron steamship is launched.

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Actor, Edmund Kean goes on a successful tour of America after making his name at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Revolutions begin in Spain, Portugal and Naples.
The famous ancient Greek statue of the Venus de Milo is rediscovered on the Island of Melos and purchased by the Louvre in Paris.

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