Sir Thomas Picton
4 of 5 portraits by James Jenkins
Sir Thomas Picton
by J.C. Easling, published by James Jenkins, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
mezzotint, published 20 June 1815
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (351 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 18 1/4 in. x 13 1/4 in. (464 mm x 338 mm) paper size
Given by Royal Hospital Chelsea, 1962
Artistsback to top
- J.C. Easling (active 1815-1833), Engraver. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- James Jenkins (active 1810-1816), Publisher. Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- Sir Martin Archer Shee (1769-1850), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 88 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Events of 1815back to top
Current affairsJohn and James Leigh Hunt are released from prison after a two year sentence for slandering the Prince of Wales in their outspoken, radical periodical the Examiner.
Corn Laws are introduced to protect against the collapse in prices which would inevitably follow peace with France, prompting riots in London.
Art and scienceHumphry Davy invents the miners' safety lamp though its reception is clouded by William Clanny and George Stephenson who present rival models in the same year.
British Institution arranges first in innovative series of Old Master exhibitions
provoking virulent attack on its patrons for neglecting contemporary art.
InternationalNapoleon returns to France from exile in Elba and resumes power until his abdication on 22 June; a period known as the 'Hundred Days'.
Battle of Waterloo concludes the Anglo-French struggle that had lasted more than a century. Peace of Vienna establishes Britain's global political, economic and imperial dominance which lasts for the next hundred years.
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