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Prince Alfred

by Samuel Freeman, after Thomas Gainsborough
stipple engraving, published 1816
7 7/8 in.x 5 5/8 in. (199 mm x 142 mm) plate size; 11 5/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (294 mm x 221 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D10836

Sitterback to top

  • Prince Alfred (1780-1782), Son of George III. Sitter in 4 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Samuel Freeman (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 81 portraits.
  • Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter. Artist or producer associated with 268 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

Events of 1816back to top

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.


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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