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Henry Sidney, Earl of Romney

Henry Sidney, Earl of Romney, by Samuel Freeman, published by  Henry Colburn, after  George Perfect Harding, after  Sir Peter Lely, published 1843 - NPG D5836 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Sidney, Earl of Romney

by Samuel Freeman, published by Henry Colburn, after George Perfect Harding, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple engraving, published 1843
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D5836

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  • Henry Colburn (1784 or 1785-1855), Publisher. Artist associated with 28 portraits.
  • Samuel Freeman (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 80 portraits.
  • George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Artist associated with 172 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.

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Current affairs

Sir Henry Cole commissions 1,000 copies of the first Christmas card, designed by John Callcott Horsley. Cole would later be instrumental in staging the Great Exhibition, and in developing science and art education in Britain.
Nelson's statue, by E.H. Bailey, is placed on top of its column in Trafalgar Square.

Art and science

The Theatre Regulations Act is passed, abolishing the privileged position of the 'major' theatres which held letters patent from the crown, allowing all theatres to perform 'legitimate' theatre.
First volume of Ruskin's Modern Painters published, praising Turner and demanding that artists should demonstrate 'truth to nature' in their work. Ruskin is a great inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites.

International

The first experimental telegraph wire is constructed between Baltimore and Washington, using Morse code to send a message. The code, in which pulses of current deflect an electromagnet, moving a marker and producing written codes on a strip of paper, had been invented by Samuel Morse in 1838. The line officially opens in 1844.

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