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Sir John Soane

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Sir John Soane

by and published by Charles Turner, after Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
mezzotint, published January 1832 (1831)
14 1/8 in. x 10 in. (358 mm x 255 mm) plate size; 23 1/2 in. x 17 1/8 in. (596 mm x 436 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1933
Reference Collection
NPG D41803

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  • Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841), Sculptor. Artist associated with 267 portraits, Sitter in 11 portraits.
  • Charles Turner (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 620 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Current affairs

William IV agrees to the creation of new peers in order to obtain the passage of the Reform Act, although this proved unnecessary when the Tories withdrew opposition. Male franchise is extended by fifty percent; fifty-six 'rotten boroughs' lose representation and forty-one new constituencies are created. Irish and Scottish Reform Acts are also passed.

Art and science

Mathematician Charles Babbage publishes his best selling Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. In response to recent outbreaks of machine-breaking and riots, he aimed to reveal the sources of Britain's industrial strength to the urban elite and promote institutional change.
Parliament votes funds for National Gallery buildings in Trafalgar Square.

International

Free land grants end for English settlers in Australia on recommendation of the leading colonisation theorist Edward Wakefield in his Letter from Sydney.
Greek independence recognised by the Treaty of London.

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