7 of 10 portraits by Charles Wentworth Wass
by Charles Wentworth Wass, after William Hilton
stipple engraving, published 1841
8 5/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (218 mm x 136 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- John Keats (1795-1821), Poet. Sitter in 15 portraits, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
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Current affairsSir Robert Peel's second term as Prime Minister. Peel replaces the Whig Prime Minister Lord Melbourne after a Conservative general election victory. The English comic periodical Punch is first published, under the auspices of engraver Ebenezer Landells and writer Henry Mayhew, and quickly establishes itself as a radical commentary on the arts, politics and current affairs, notable for its heavily satirised cartoons.
Art and scienceThomas Carlyle publishes his set of lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship, in which he attempts to connect past heroic figures to significant figures form the present.
William Henry Fox Talbot invents the calotype process, in which photographs were developed from negatives. This allowed for multiple copies of images to be made, and was the basis of modern, pre-digital, photographic processing.