Sir Harcourt Lees, 2nd Bt

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Sir Harcourt Lees, 2nd Bt

by Henry Meyer, published by Messrs Allens, after Thomas Clement Thompson
stipple engraving, published 23 March 1824
14 in. x 11 1/2 in. (355 mm x 292 mm) plate size; 15 5/8 in. x 13 in. (397 mm x 331 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D37252

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  • Messrs Allens (active 1824), Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Henry Meyer (1782?-1847), Portrait painter and engraver. Artist or producer associated with 282 portraits.
  • Thomas Clement Thompson (circa 1778-1857), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 18 portraits.

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  • NPG D5047: Sir Harcourt Lees, 2nd Bt (from same plate)

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Anti-Trade Union Combination Acts of 1799 and 1800 are repealed after persuasive arguments from radical Francis Place that prohibition of workers' combinations only increased their appeal. The unions had been banned for fear that they were becoming involved in democratic politics.

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National Gallery is established when Parliament agrees to purchase a collection of thirty-eight paintings from the estate of philanthropist John Julius Angerstein. William Seguier is appointed first Keeper.
Society of British Artists holds its first exhibition, aiming to appeal to a broader art public than those who visited the Royal Academy.


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Singapore is ceded to Britain.
John Constable's Haywain receives Gold Medal at the Paris Salon.

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