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George Wilson

by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by Thomas Agnew, published by John Gadsby, published by Ackermann & Co, after Charles Allen Duval
engraving, published 16 December 1843
14 1/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (358 mm x 275 mm) plate size; 21 3/4 in. x 15 1/8 in. (552 mm x 383 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1956
Reference Collection
NPG D37020

Sitterback to top

  • George Wilson (1808-1870), Chairman of the Anti Corn Law League. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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.
  • Brooker & Harrison (active 1842-circa 1906), Printers. Artist associated with 50 portraits.
  • Charles Allen Duval (1808-1872), Portrait and subject painter. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
  • John Gadsby (active 1839-1845), Printer and anti Corn Law campaigner. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
  • Samuel William Reynolds Jr (1794-1872), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 69 portraits.

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Events of 1843back to top

Current affairs

Sir 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 science

The 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.

International

The 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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