by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, by James John Chant, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by Thomas Agnew, published by Ackermann & Co, after Richard Ansdell
mezzotint, published 16 December 1843 (1842)
21 3/8 in. x 13 1/2 in. (544 mm x 344 mm) plate size; 27 1/4 in. x 19 7/8 in. (692 mm x 506 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
Sitterback to top
- Henry Handley (1797-1846), President of The Royal Agricultural Society and politician; MP for South Lincolnshire. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Ackermann & Co (active 1829-1859), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 76 portraits.
- Thomas Agnew (1794-1871), Art dealer. Artist associated with 59 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Richard Ansdell (1815-1885), Animal painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Brooker & Harrison (active 1842-circa 1906), Printers. Artist associated with 50 portraits.
- James John Chant (1819 or 1820-active 1883), Engraver. Artist associated with 13 portraits.
- Samuel William Reynolds Jr (1794-1872), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 69 portraits.
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Events of 1843back to top
Current affairsSir Henry Cole commissions 1,000 copies of the first Christmas card, designed by John Callcott Horsley. Cole would later be instrumental in staging the Great Exhibition, and in developing science and art education in Britain.
Nelson's statue, by E.H. Bailey, is placed on top of its column in Trafalgar Square.
Art and scienceThe Theatre Regulations Act is passed, abolishing the privileged position of the 'major' theatres which held letters patent from the crown, allowing all theatres to perform 'legitimate' theatre.
First volume of Ruskin's Modern Painters published, praising Turner and demanding that artists should demonstrate 'truth to nature' in their work. Ruskin is a great inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites.
InternationalThe first experimental telegraph wire is constructed between Baltimore and Washington, using Morse code to send a message. The code, in which pulses of current deflect an electromagnet, moving a marker and producing written codes on a strip of paper, had been invented by Samuel Morse in 1838. The line officially opens in 1844.
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