Possibly William Henry Edgcumbe, 4th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe when Viscountess Valletort

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Possibly William Henry Edgcumbe, 4th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe when Viscountess Valletort

by William Henry Mote, published by Longman & Co, published by Appleton & Co, after J. Ross
stipple engraving, published 1839
10 in. x 6 3/4 in. (255 mm x 173 mm) plate size; 17 1/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (436 mm x 300 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D38530

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  • Appleton & Co (active 1839), Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Longman & Co (active 1806-1839), Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 27 portraits.
  • William Henry Mote (1803-1871), Line and stipple engraver. Artist or producer associated with 74 portraits.
  • J. Ross (active circa 1837), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

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The Bedchamber crisis strains relations between the government and the monarchy, after Queen Victoria refuses to dismiss her Whig-appointed ladies of the bedchamber at the request of the new, Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel. Peel resigns and Melbourne returns as Prime Minister.
The Grand National is first held at the Aintree race course, won by the horse Lottery, and the first Henley Royal Regatta, the rowing event, is held on the Thames.

Art and science

The French and British scientists Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot separately publicise their experiments with the new form of photography.
The prolific journalist Harriet Martineau publishes her three decker novel Deerbrook, the story of middle class country life.

International

The first Opium War with China is sparked after the British government refuses to try six British soldiers accused of killing a Chinese man protecting a temple from looters. Relations were strained as Britain had promoted the drug opium in China to boost trade. Winning the war, Britain secured vital trading rights.
African captives aboard the Spanish ship La Amistad revolt, resulting in a highly publicised court case.

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