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Sir George Henry Smyth, 6th Bt

2 of 2 portraits by Archibald Archer

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Sir George Henry Smyth, 6th Bt

by David Lucas, published by Thomas Knibb, after Archibald Archer
mezzotint, published November 1840
17 1/8 in. x 13 1/8 in. (434 mm x 332 mm) paper size
Given by Ernest E. Leggatt, 1929
Reference Collection
NPG D41794

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  • Archibald Archer (active 1810-1845), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Thomas Knibb (active 1840-1845), Bookseller. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • David Lucas (1802-1881), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 22 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Current affairs

Victoria 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 science

Beau 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.

International

The 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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