1 portrait of Richard Potter
by and after Samuel William Reynolds Jr
mezzotint, 1830s or 1840s
14 1/2 in. x 11 in. (368 mm x 280 mm) plate size; 19 1/2 in. x 13 3/8 in. (496 mm x 340 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Richard Potter (1778-1842), Reformist; founding member of the 'Little Circle' and Liberal politician; MP for Wigan. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Samuel William Reynolds Jr (1794-1872), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 69 portraits.
Events of 1830back to top
Current affairsGeorge IV dies at Windsor on 26 June; William IV succeeds to the throne.
Duke of Wellington resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Earl Grey.
'Captain Swing' disturbances among agricultural districts in southern England. Taking their name from a mythical leader, hundreds of labourers break the threshing machines that threaten their winter employment.
Art and scienceLiverpool and Manchester Railway opens; MP William Huskisson is run down by a train and killed at the inaugural ceremony.
William Cobbett publishes Rural Rides; a nostalgic tribute to the English countryside which expresses dismay at the sweeping changes taking place.