Edmund Kean as Shylock

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Edmund Kean as Shylock

by Henry Meyer, published by R. Barnard, after Walter Henry Watts
mezzotint, published 2 May 1814 (March 1814)
Primary Collection
NPG L269.B8.02

On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • Edmund Kean (1787-1833), Actor. Sitter associated with 42 portraits.

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  • R. Barnard (active 1814), Carver and gilder. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.
  • Henry Meyer (1782?-1847), Portrait painter and engraver. Artist or producer associated with 281 portraits.
  • Walter Henry Watts (1776-1842), Journalist and artist. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.

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  • NPG D3451: Edmund Kean as Shylock (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Princess Caroline leaves England for a lengthy series of travels in Europe and the Middle East. Scandalous gossip promptly surrounds her relationship with her Italian valet, Count Bartholomew Bergami.
George, Prince Regent, hosts a visit of the victorious allies to England with spectacular celebrations and fireworks at Carlton House.

Art and science

John Soane completes the construction of Dulwich Picture Gallery.
First steam printing machine in the world is used to publish The Times.
New Royal Mint opens at Tower Hill with improved precision machinery.
Grand Western Canal completed from Loudwell to Tiverton.

International

Paris falls under allied attack; Napoleon sent into exile on Elba.
Force of British veterans lands at Chesapeake Bay, defeats Americans at Bladensburg and burns parts of Washington DC.
Peace treaty signed with Americans in Ghent. General Pakenham is killed leading attack on New Orleans before news of the peace reaches America.

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