by John Burnet, published by James Carpenter, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
line engraving, published February 1820
14 in. x 9 3/4 in. (355 mm x 249 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 11 in. (385 mm x 278 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Poet and biographer of Byron. Sitter associated with 12 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- John Burnet (1784-1868), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- James Carpenter (active 1799-1850), Bookseller and bookbinder. Artist associated with 12 portraits.
- Sir Martin Archer Shee (1769-1850), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 88 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- William Hazlitt's Spirit of the Age (20 May 2003 - 2 November 2003)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1820back to top
Current affairsGeorge III dies at Windsor Castle on 29 January and George IV ascends to the throne.
'Trial of Queen Caroline' in the House of Lords; Parliament drops the Bill which was to legitimise a divorce between Caroline and George IV.
Cato Street Conspiracy to assassinate the cabinet discovered. Arthur Thistlewood and fellow conspirators are hung.
Art and scienceSir Thomas Lawrence becomes President of the Royal Academy.
Astronomical Society is set up by John Herschel and Charles Babbage.
First iron steamship is launched.
InternationalActor, Edmund Kean goes on a successful tour of America after making his name at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Revolutions begin in Spain, Portugal and Naples.
The famous ancient Greek statue of the Venus de Milo is rediscovered on the Island of Melos and purchased by the Louvre in Paris.