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John Broster

2 of 2 portraits of John Broster

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John Broster

by Thomas Hodgetts, published by Archibald Constable & Co, published by William Blackwood, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co, after John Syme
mezzotint, published 2 February 1825
10 3/8 in. x 8 in. (263 mm x 203 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D827

Sitterback to top

  • John Broster, Inventor of system for removal of speech impediments. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • William Blackwood (1776-1834), Bookseller and publisher. Artist associated with 4 portraits.
  • Archibald Constable & Co (active 1774-1827), Bookseller, stationer and publisher. Artist associated with 4 portraits.
  • Thomas Hodgetts (circa 1781-1858), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 76 portraits.
  • Hurst, Robinson & Co (active 1824-1825), Publishers. Artist associated with 21 portraits.
  • John Syme (1795-1861), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D826: John Broster (from same plate)

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Events of 1825back to top

Current affairs

Strikes, contract breaking and worker intimidation prompt the passing of a new Anti-Trade Union Combination Act to the dismay of economist John McCulloch, MP Joseph Hume and radical Francis Place who had worked for the repeal of the previous year.
Catholic Relief Bill is rejected by the House of Lords.

Art and science

Construction of Thames Tunnel begins under the direction of Marc Isambard Brunel.
Stockton to Darlington Railway, the world's first passenger system, opens.
William Hazlitt publishes The Spirit of the Age; twenty-five pen-portraits of his contemporaries in the world of literature, philosophy and politics.

International

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony premieres in London.
John Quincy Adams is elected President of the United States.

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