16 of 22 portraits of George Washington
by James Thomson (Thompson), published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after Henry Corbould, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1827
18 in. x 12 7/8 in. (458 mm x 326 mm) plate size; 19 in. x 13 3/4 in. (484 mm x 348 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- George Washington (1732-1799), First President of the United States. Sitter in 22 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
- Colnaghi, Son & Co (active 1826-1835), Publishers. Artist associated with 72 portraits.
- Henry Corbould (1787-1844), Draughtsman and book illustrator. Artist associated with 23 portraits.
- James Thomson (Thompson) (baptised 1788-1850), Engraver. Artist associated with 137 portraits.
Events of 1827back to top
Current affairsLord Liverpool suffers a stroke and is forced to resign as Prime Minister. George Canning succeeds him only to die after four months in office.
Art and scienceUniversity College London, the first metropolitan university in England, is founded specifically to educate dissenters excluded from Oxford and Cambridge. Whig politician Henry Brougham, writer Thomas Campbell and financier and philanthropist Isaac Goldsmid are its principal patrons.
InternationalBritain, France and Russia sign a treaty in London agreeing to intervene in the Greek War of Independence. Allied troops under General Edward Codrington subsequently destroy Turkish and Egyptian fleets at the Battle of Navarino.
Western Australia is explored for the first time by Captain Stirling.
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