Sir Thomas Phillips
1 portrait by Morgan Evans
Sir Thomas Phillips
by William Giller, published by Thomas Boys, and published by Morgan Evans, after Francis Williams
mezzotint, published May 1840
12 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (311 mm x 247 mm) plate size; 18 1/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (459 mm x 299 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1955
Sitterback to top
- Sir Thomas Phillips (1801-1867), Local politician and writer on education. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistsback to top
- Thomas Boys (active 1840s-1859), Fine art publisher. Artist associated with 18 portraits.
- Morgan Evans (active 1840), Print publisher. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- William Giller (1805-circa 1868), Engraver. Artist associated with 15 portraits.
- Francis Williams (active before 1841), Painter. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (11 Golden Square, London; near the Westgate, Newport)
Events of 1840back to top
Current affairsVictoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort.
The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system.
The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.
Art and scienceBeau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis.
The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.
InternationalThe Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah.
The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under the Treaty of Waitangi.
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