King George IV
King George IV
by James Thomson (Thompson), published by William Sams, after Abraham Wivell
stipple engraving, published 1823
14 1/2 in. x 11 1/4 in. (368 mm x 285 mm) plate size; 16 5/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (422 mm x 299 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1957
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- King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 200 portraits.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Royal Library, 1 St James's Street, London)
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Current affairsGaols Act is passed to build new prisons, raise standards in old ones and institute regular inspections. It is prompted by the vigorous campaigning of reformers such as Elizabeth Fry, leader of the Ladies Association for the Improvement of Female Prisoners in Newgate Prison.
Anti-Slavery Committee is founded in London.
Art and scienceArchitect, Robert Smirke begins construction of the British Museum.
Thomas Wakley founds The Lancet, the first weekly medical journal and important mouthpiece of medical reform.
Charles Babbage begins work on the first calculating machine.
Charles Macintosh invents waterproof fabric.
InternationalCatholic Association is founded by Daniel O'Connell in Ireland in an attempt to mobilise and politicise the entire Irish Catholic population in a systematic challenge to the ruling Protestant ascendancy.
War breaks out between France and Spain.
English missionary John Smith died in prison having been sentenced to be hanged for failing to take up arms against slaves in Demerara.