Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn; Queen Victoria; Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn

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Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn; Queen Victoria; Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn

after Unknown artist
stipple engraving and aquatint, late 1830s
6 1/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (156 mm x 243 mm) plate size; 9 3/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (237 mm x 301 mm) paper size
Given by Carlisle Library, 1973
Reference Collection
NPG D33560

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The controversial monarch William IV dies of pneumonia in June leaving no legitimate heirs, and is succeeded to the throne by his niece Victoria, one month after her eighteenth birthday.
The Registration Act of Births, Marriages and Deaths makes it compulsory for all births, marriages and deaths to be registered at a Registry Office.

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Dickens's second novel Oliver Twist is serialised in Bentley's Magazine. The story of the orphan Oliver is an attack on the Poor Law Amendment Acts (1834), a highly contentious piece of legislation which abolished outdoor relief, effectively increasing entry in the workhouse. The novel, famously made into a musical in 1968, marks Dickens as an outspoken social critic as well as a highly popular and commercial writer.

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The Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin is killed in a duel with Baron Georges d'Anthès. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian and was the first Russian writer to use everyday speech in his poetry. His works include Eugene Onegin.

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