Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('Health and long life to the King')

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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington ('Health and long life to the King')

by William Say, published by William Sams, after Michael William Sharp
mezzotint, published 1828
7 3/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (186 mm x 163 mm) paper size
Given by Mrs Masterman, 1963
Reference Collection
NPG D11380

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  • William Sams (circa 1793-1842), Bookseller and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 38 portraits.
  • William Say (1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver. Artist or producer associated with 261 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Michael William Sharp (1776 or 1777-1840), Portrait and subject painter. Artist or producer associated with 11 portraits.

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Current affairs

Duke of Wellington becomes Prime Minister.
Madhouse Act attempts to regulate asylums and ensure new arrivals are genuinely insane.
Repeal of the Test Acts removes political restrictions from dissenters, allowing them to hold public office.

Art and science

London Zoological Gardens open in Regent's Park. They provide both entertainment and a supply of exotic specimens for naturalists and anatomists such as Richard Owen who becomes a European authority on the subject.

International

Daniel O'Connell is elected Member of Parliament for County Clare but as a Catholic is not permitted to take his seat.

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