Henry Gally Knight
Henry Gally Knight
by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, published after 19 October 1841
21 1/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (536 mm x 393 mm) plate size; 22 3/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. (579 mm x 425 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1955
Artistsback to top
- Brooker & Harrison (active 1842-circa 1906), Printers. Artist associated with 50 portraits.
- Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co (active 1830-1890), Printsellers and publishers. Artist associated with 91 portraits.
- Samuel William Reynolds Jr (1794-1872), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 69 portraits.
- Sir Martin Archer Shee (1769-1850), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 88 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Events of 1841back to top
Current affairsSir Robert Peel's second term as Prime Minister. Peel replaces the Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne after a Conservative general election victory. The English comic periodical Punch is first published, under the auspices of engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, and quickly establishes itself as a radical commentary on the arts, politics and current affairs, notable for its heavily satirised cartoons.
Art and scienceThomas Carlyle publishes his set of lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship, in which he attempts to connect past heroic figures to significant figures form the present.
William Henry Fox Talbot invents the calotype process, in which photographs were developed from negatives. This allowed for multiple copies of images to be made, and was the basis of modern, pre-digital, photographic processing.
InternationalSigning of the Straits Convention, an international agreement between Britain, France, Prussia, Austria, Russia and Turkey, denying access to non-Ottoman warships through the seas connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, a major concession by Russia. Whilst signalling a spirit of co-operation, the convention emphasises the decline of the Ottoman Empire.
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