Lord Byron

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Lord Byron

by Charles Turner, published by Anthony Molteno, after Richard Westall
mezzotint, published 15 July 1815 (1813)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D2831

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  • Anthony Molteno (active 1783-1830), Printseller and bookseller. Artist or producer associated with 23 portraits.
  • Charles Turner (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 632 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Richard Westall (1765-1836), History painter. Artist or producer associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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Current affairs

John and James Leigh Hunt are released from prison after a two year sentence for slandering the Prince of Wales in their outspoken, radical periodical the Examiner.
Corn Laws are introduced to protect against the collapse in prices which would inevitably follow peace with France, prompting riots in London.

Art and science

Humphry Davy invents the miners' safety lamp though its reception is clouded by William Clanny and George Stephenson who present rival models in the same year.
British Institution arranges first in innovative series of Old Master exhibitions
provoking virulent attack on its patrons for neglecting contemporary art.

International

Napoleon returns to France from exile in Elba and resumes power until his abdication on 22 June; a period known as the 'Hundred Days'.
Battle of Waterloo concludes the Anglo-French struggle that had lasted more than a century. Peace of Vienna establishes Britain's global political, economic and imperial dominance which lasts for the next hundred years.

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