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'La famille royale et les alliées s'occupant du bonheur de l'Europe'

3 of 6 portraits of Louis XVIII, King of France

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'La famille royale et les alliées s'occupant du bonheur de l'Europe'

published by Décrouant
hand-coloured etching, early 19th century
10 5/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (270 mm x 385 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 15 3/4 in. (286 mm x 402 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D15837

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  • Décrouant (active early 19th century), Publisher. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

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  • Place made: France (rue de Charenton, Paris, France)

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Current affairs

Widespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.

Art and science

William Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.

International

Lord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.

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