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Mary Somerville

by Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave), printed by Graf & Soret, after Thomas Phillips
lithograph, 1830s
10 7/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (277 mm x 191 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D9101

On display in Room 16 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sitterback to top

  • Mary Somerville (1780-1872), Scientific scholar and writer. Sitter in 5 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Graf & Soret (active 1833-1856), Lithographic printers. Artist or producer associated with 105 portraits.
  • Thomas Phillips (1770-1845), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 218 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Mary Dawson Turner (née Palgrave) (1774-1850), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 75 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.

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Events of 1830back to top

Current affairs

George 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 science

Liverpool 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.

International

July 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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