Harriet Grote (née Lewin)

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Harriet Grote (née Lewin)

by C. Lewin, printed by Jérémie Graf, after Charles Landseer
lithograph, circa 1840
18 1/4 in. x 12 3/4 in. (465 mm x 323 mm) paper size
Given by Westminster Public Library, 1952
Reference Collection
NPG D34999

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  • Jérémie Graf (active 1837-1842), Lithographic printer. Artist or producer associated with 113 portraits.
  • Charles Landseer (1799 or 1800-1879), Genre and history painter; son of John George Landseer. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • C. Lewin (active circa 1840), Artist, draughtsman; probably a relative of Harriet Grote (née Lewin). Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

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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.


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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