Sir William Allan
Sir William Allan
by William Nicholson
10 3/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (274 mm x 225 mm) plate size; 16 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in. (419 mm x 318 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Sir William Allan (1782-1850), Painter and engraver; President of the Royal Scottish Academy. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 9 portraits.
Artistback to top
- William Nicholson (1781-1844), Portrait painter and etcher. Artist associated with 12 portraits.
Events of 1819back to top
Current affairsPeterloo Massacre leaves eleven dead and four hundred wounded as crowds, gathered to hear radical Henry Hunt call for reform of the House of Commons, are forcibly dispersed.
Six Acts are passed, stiffening the 1795 Treason Act and introducing a tax on the periodical press which was viewed as seditious.
Art and sciencePercy Bysshe Shelley writes Ode to the West Wind during a year of extraordinary creativity in which he also finishes Prometheus Unbound.
Lord Byron publishes his tour-de-force Don Juan; one man's mock-epic odyssey through a world without fixed principles.
First ship with a steam engine crosses the Atlantic in twenty-eight days.
InternationalThomas Jefferson establishes the University of Virginia.
Royal Navy anti-slave squadron is set up to patrol the West African coastline.
French physician Rene Laennac invents the stethoscope.
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