4 of 8 portraits by Hodgson & Co
by Piercy Roberts, published by Hodgson & Co, after (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank
stipple and line engraving, published 13 January 1823
11 3/4 in. x 8 3/8 in. (298 mm x 212 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 10 in. (358 mm x 254 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Artistsback to top
- (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856), Caricaturist and miniature painter. Artist or producer associated with 32 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Hodgson & Co (active 1938), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 8 portraits.
- Piercy Roberts (active 1791-1828), Printseller and engraver. Artist or producer associated with 15 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.
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