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Humphrey Chetham

Humphrey Chetham, by Charles Pye, published by  Agnew & Zanetti, after  Henry Wyatt, published 1 January 1828 - NPG D35804 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Humphrey Chetham

by Charles Pye, published by Agnew & Zanetti, after Henry Wyatt
engraving, published 1 January 1828
10 1/2 in. x 8 5/8 in. (268 mm x 218 mm) plate size; 13 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (348 mm x 263 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1882
Reference Collection
NPG D35804

Sitterback to top

Artistsback to top

  • Agnew & Zanetti (active 1823-1837), Publishers. Artist associated with 35 portraits.
  • Charles Pye (1776-1864), Engraver. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
  • Henry Wyatt (1794-1840), Painter. Artist associated with 19 portraits.

Events of 1828back to top

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Duke of Wellington becomes Prime Minister.
Madhouse Act attempts to regulate asylums and ensure new arrivals are genuinely insane.
Repeal of the Test Acts removes political restrictions from dissenters, allowing them to hold public office.

Art and science

London Zoological Gardens open in Regent's Park. They provide both entertainment and a supply of exotic specimens for naturalists and anatomists such as Richard Owen who becomes a European authority on the subject.


Daniel O'Connell is elected Member of Parliament for County Clare but as a Catholic is not permitted to take his seat.

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Ms Julie McMellon

28 August 2016, 10:57

Humphrey Cheetham was born in 1580 at Crumpsall Hall, the family home. He bought Clayton Hall with his brother George in 1620 from the Byron family. He dropped the extra 'e' in his surname on becoming the Sheriff of Lancashire & was awarded a coat-of-arms. Chetham also collected the unpopular Ship Money. He turned down a knighthood & had to pay a fine. During the English Civil War, Humphrey was in charge of the Lancashire Parliamentary war accounts & soldiers were billeted at both Clayton Hall (under Fairfax) & Turton Towers (which he also owned). In 1653, at the grand old age of 74, he died at Clayton Hall. The Hall is still there, surrounded by a dry moat & is open on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month, completely free of charge.

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