Margaretta Elizabeth Perceval (née Wilson), Lady Arden

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Margaretta Elizabeth Perceval (née Wilson), Lady Arden

by William Skelton, after George Francis Joseph
line engraving, early 19th century
9 5/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (244 mm x 185 mm) plate size; 17 1/8 in. x 12 in. (435 mm x 305 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D7088

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  • George Francis Joseph (1764-1846), Portrait and subject painter. Artist or producer associated with 23 portraits.
  • William Skelton (1763-1848), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 60 portraits.

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Widespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.

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William Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.

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Lord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.

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