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Charles Hamilton Smith

Charles Hamilton Smith, by James Scott, printed by  Brooker & Harrison, published by  Edmund Fry, after  Amelia Opie, published 1841 - NPG D41745 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charles Hamilton Smith

by James Scott, printed by Brooker & Harrison, published by Edmund Fry, after Amelia Opie
mezzotint, published 1841
15 1/2 in. x 11 5/8 in. (394 mm x 294 mm) plate size; 22 3/4 in. x 17 3/8 in. (578 mm x 440 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
Reference Collection
NPG D41745

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  • Brooker & Harrison (active 1842-circa 1906), Printers. Artist associated with 50 portraits.
  • Edmund Fry (1811-1866), Bookseller and publisher. Artist associated with 2 portraits.
  • Amelia Opie (1769-1853), Novelist and poet; second wife of John Opie. Artist associated with 1 portrait, Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • James Scott (circa 1809-circa 1889), Engraver. Artist associated with 132 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

Sir Robert Peel's second term as Prime Minister. Peel replaces the Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne after a Conservative general election victory. The English comic periodical Punch is first published, under the auspices of engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, and quickly establishes itself as a radical commentary on the arts, politics and current affairs, notable for its heavily satirised cartoons.

Art and science

Thomas Carlyle publishes his set of lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship, in which he attempts to connect past heroic figures to significant figures form the present.
William Henry Fox Talbot invents the calotype process, in which photographs were developed from negatives. This allowed for multiple copies of images to be made, and was the basis of modern, pre-digital, photographic processing.

International

Signing of the Straits Convention, an international agreement between Britain, France, Prussia, Austria, Russia and Turkey, denying access to non-Ottoman warships through the seas connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, a major concession by Russia. Whilst signalling a spirit of co-operation, the convention emphasises the decline of the Ottoman Empire.

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