Louis XVIII, King of France

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Louis XVIII, King of France

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi & Co, after François Hüet-Villiers
mezzotint, published 1 January 1812
14 3/4 in. x 10 in. (373 mm x 253 mm) plate size; 17 5/8 in. x 13 1/2 in. (448 mm x 344 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1913
Reference Collection
NPG D18717

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  • Colnaghi & Co (active 1809-1835), Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 101 portraits.
  • François Hüet-Villiers (1772-1813), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6 portraits.
  • Charles Turner (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 632 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • NPG D15650: Louis XVIII, King of France (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by a bankrupt named John Bellingham. A new administration is formed under Lord Liverpool.
The Toleration Act is passed giving greater freedom of worship to dissenters in order to ensure their political loyalty.

Art and science

Actress Sarah Siddons retires from the London stage. Her final appearance is as Lady Macbeth, the role that made her famous, but the performance has to end after the sleepwalking scene because of the fervour of the audience.
Building of Regent's Canal begins under John Rennie.

International

United States declares war on Britain over grievances arising from British naval conduct in the French wars. American plan for attack on Canada fails and British troops under Sir Edward Pakenham force surrender of Detroit.
Wellington defeats French at Salamanca and enters Madrid.
Napoleon leads France in disastrous Russian campaign.

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