3 of 3 portraits of John Ireland
by James Stow, after George Perfect Harding, after Philip Francis Stephanoff
coloured line engraving, published 1823
8 5/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (218 mm x 162 mm) plate size; 11 1/2 in. x 8 1/4 in. (293 mm x 211 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Artistsback to top
- George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Artist associated with 172 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Philip Francis Stephanoff (1787 or 1788-1860), Painter. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
- James Stow (circa 1770-in or after 1823), Engraver. Artist associated with 29 portraits.
Events of 1823back to top
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.
Visit From Your Armchair
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.
Sculptures in 360°
See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.