As Well as can be Expected (Queen Victoria; Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha et al)

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As Well as can be Expected (Queen Victoria; Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha et al)

by Unknown artist
lithograph, 1840s
10 1/2 in. x 8 3/8 in. (266 mm x 212 mm) paper size
Given by Gunnersbury Park Museum, London, 1963
Reference Collection
NPG D10859

Sittersback to top

  • Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861), Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. Sitter in 208 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Reigned 1837-1901. Sitter associated with 548 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 5 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6578 portraits.

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Events of 1840back to top

Current affairs

Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort.
The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system.
The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.

Art and science

Beau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis.
The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.

International

The Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah.
The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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