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Louisa Cranstoun Nisbett (née Macnamara, later Boothby) as The Young King

2 of 6 portraits of Louisa Cranstoun Nisbett (née Macnamara, later Boothby)

Louisa Cranstoun Nisbett (née Macnamara, later Boothby) as The Young King, by John Deffett Francis, printed by  Jérémie Graf, published by  Welch & Gwynne, published 1 November 1837 - NPG D38971 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Louisa Cranstoun Nisbett (née Macnamara, later Boothby) as The Young King

by John Deffett Francis, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Welch & Gwynne
lithograph, published 1 November 1837
18 3/4 in. x 13 3/8 in. (475 mm x 339 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D38971

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  • John Deffett Francis (1815-1901), Artist and collector. Artist associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Jérémie Graf (active 1837-1842), Lithographic printer. Artist associated with 113 portraits.
  • Welch & Gwynne (active 1837-1843), Printsellers and publishers. Artist associated with 18 portraits.

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Current affairs

The controversial monarch William IV dies of pneumonia in June leaving no legitimate heirs, and is succeeded to the throne by his niece Victoria, one month after her eighteenth birthday.
The Registration Act of Births, Marriages and Deaths makes it compulsory for all births, marriages and deaths to be registered at a Registry Office.

Art and science

Dickens's second novel Oliver Twist is serialised in Bentley's Magazine. The story of the orphan Oliver is an attack on the Poor Law Amendment Acts (1834), a highly contentious piece of legislation which abolished outdoor relief, effectively increasing entry in the workhouse. The novel, famously made into a musical in 1968, marks Dickens as an outspoken social critic as well as a highly popular and commercial writer.

International

The Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin is killed in a duel with Baron Georges d'Anthès. Considered the founder of modern Russian literature, Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian and was the first Russian writer to use everyday speech in his poetry. His works include Eugene Onegin.

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