Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere

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Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere

by Henry Cousins, published by Thomas Agnew, and published by Francis Graves & Co, after John Bostock
mezzotint, published 14 February 1837
21 1/8 in. x 15 3/8 in. (535 mm x 392 mm) plate size; 27 in. x 19 1/2 in. (687 mm x 495 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D36149

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  • Thomas Agnew (1794-1871), Art dealer. Artist or producer associated with 63 portraits.
  • John Bostock (1808-1872), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 24 portraits.
  • Henry Cousins (1809-1864), Engraver; brother of Samuel Cousins. Artist or producer associated with 65 portraits.
  • Francis Graves & Co (active 1836), Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 9 portraits.

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  • NPG D36147: Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere (from same plate)
  • NPG D36148: Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere (from same plate)

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The controversial monarch William IV dies of pneumonia in June leaving no legitimate heirs, and is succeeded to the throne by his niece Victoria, one month after her eighteenth birthday.
The Registration Act of Births, Marriages and Deaths makes it compulsory for all births, marriages and deaths to be registered at a Registry Office.

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Dickens's second novel Oliver Twist is serialised in Bentley's Magazine. The story of the orphan Oliver is an attack on the Poor Law Amendment Acts (1834), a highly contentious piece of legislation which abolished outdoor relief, effectively increasing entry in the workhouse. The novel, famously made into a musical in 1968, marks Dickens as an outspoken social critic as well as a highly popular and commercial writer.


The Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin is killed in a duel with Baron Georges d'Anthès. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian and was the first Russian writer to use everyday speech in his poetry. His works include Eugene Onegin.

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