Sir Jeffry Wyatville
Sir Jeffry Wyatville
by John Henry Robinson, published by Fisher Son & Co, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1840s
7 3/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (187 mm x 121 mm)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Sir Jeffry Wyatville (1766-1840), Architect; nephew of James Wyatt. Sitter associated with 10 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Fisher Son & Co (active 1828-1847), Publishers. Artist associated with 54 portraits.
- Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 688 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
- John Henry Robinson (1796-1871), Engraver. Artist associated with 119 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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Events of 1840back to top
Current affairsVictoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort.
The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system.
The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.
Art and scienceBeau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis.
The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.
InternationalThe Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah.
The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under the Treaty of Waitangi.