Thomas Slingsby Duncombe
Thomas Slingsby Duncombe
by George Stodart, after James Warren Childe
stipple and line engraving, 1842
19 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (504 mm x 376 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Thomas Slingsby Duncombe (1796-1861), Radical politician; MP for Hertford and Finsbury. Sitter in 12 portraits.
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This portraitback to top
This print commemorates his presentation of the second national petition to the House of Commons in 1842. He is shown resting his hand on the petition, a surprisingly rare Chartist prop from the series. A view of the statue of King George I from the spire of St George's, Bloomsbury, can be seen through the window.
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- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (statue of King George I from the spire of St George's, Bloomsbury, London)
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Events of 1842back to top
Current affairsEdwin Chadwick publishes his damning report, Sanitary Conditions of the Labouring Poor, which details the shocking living conditions of the urban poor and prompts government to take a new interest in public health issues.
A year-long depression and the rejection of the Chartist petition leads to riots, with workers striking in the Midlands, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and parts of Scotland.
Art and scienceMudie's Lending Library opens, becoming one of the largest circulating libraries in the period. Made popular by the otherwise high cost of books, it exerts a great influence over literature; both by maintaining the more costly 'three decker' novel structure, and acting as moral censor.
Richard Owen, the English biologist, comparative anatomist and palaeontologist, coins the term 'dinosaur', combining the Greek words for 'formidable' and 'reptile'.
InternationalTreaty of Nanjing, which allows China to trade with Britain and lends Hong Kong to the British crown for 150 years. In Afghanistan, the Anglo-Afghan war ends as the British abandon Kabul, withdrawing to India and losing most of their garrison force in the operation with only one member, Dr William Brydon, surviving.
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