Sir James Kempt
15 of 47 portraits by Samuel Bellin
Sir James Kempt
by Samuel Bellin, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by Welch & Gwynne, after Robert McInnes
mezzotint, published 1 April 1841
19 3/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. (502 mm x 400 mm) plate size; 23 1/4 in. x 17 1/2 in. (590 mm x 443 mm) paper size
Given by Royal Hospital Chelsea, 1962
Artistsback to top
- Samuel Bellin (1799-1893), Printmaker and draughtsman. Artist associated with 47 portraits.
- Brooker & Harrison (active 1842-circa 1906), Printers. Artist associated with 50 portraits.
- Robert McInnes (1801-1886), Genre and portrait painter. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Welch & Gwynne (active 1837-1843), Printsellers and publishers. Artist associated with 18 portraits.
Events of 1841back to top
Current affairsSir Robert Peel's second term as Prime Minister. Peel replaces the Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne after a Conservative general election victory. The English comic periodical Punch is first published, under the auspices of engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, and quickly establishes itself as a radical commentary on the arts, politics and current affairs, notable for its heavily satirised cartoons.
Art and scienceThomas Carlyle publishes his set of lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship, in which he attempts to connect past heroic figures to significant figures form the present.
William Henry Fox Talbot invents the calotype process, in which photographs were developed from negatives. This allowed for multiple copies of images to be made, and was the basis of modern, pre-digital, photographic processing.
InternationalSigning of the Straits Convention, an international agreement between Britain, France, Prussia, Austria, Russia and Turkey, denying access to non-Ottoman warships through the seas connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, a major concession by Russia. Whilst signalling a spirit of co-operation, the convention emphasises the decline of the Ottoman Empire.
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