Probably Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave)

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Probably Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave)

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), after Unknown artist
etching, (1816)
11 7/8 in. x 9 in. (302 mm x 228 mm) plate size; 13 in. x 9 1/4 in. (330 mm x 235 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1963
Reference Collection
NPG D22600

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Current affairs

Marriage of Princess Charlotte to Leopold I.
Income Tax abolished.
Unsuccessful Spa Fields Riot led by the ultra-radical Arthur Thistlewood which aimed to attack the Tower of London and the Bank of England and set up a ruling 'Committee of Public Safety' following the French model.

Art and science

Jane Austen publishes Emma.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal completed.

International

British Government buys the Elgin Marbles, taken from the Acropolis in Athens by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, and brought to England between 1803 and 1812. Their acquisition prompts support from Thomas Lawrence and Benjamin Robert Haydon and condemnation from Lord Byron.
Slave rebellion fails in Barbados; four hundred slaves are executed.

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