Lord Hamilton Francis Chichester

1 portrait of George Hamilton Chichester, 3rd Marquess of Donegall

Lord Hamilton Francis Chichester, by Richard James Lane, after  Sir William Charles Ross, 1840s - NPG D22358 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lord Hamilton Francis Chichester

by Richard James Lane, after Sir William Charles Ross
lithograph, 1840s
21 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (555 mm x 374 mm) paper size
Given by Austin Lane Poole, 1956
Reference Collection
NPG D22358

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  • Richard James Lane (1800-1872), Sculptor and lithographer. Artist associated with 1224 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
  • Sir William Charles Ross (1794-1860), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 97 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Events of 1840back to top

Current affairs

Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; he is given the title of Prince Consort.
The Penny Black stamp is introduced by Rowland Hill; the first pre-paid, self-adhesive stamp, it marks the start of the modern postal system.
The start of the Irish potato famine, which by the time of its peak in 1851, had caused the deaths of one million, and contributed to the sharp rise of emigration from Ireland to England and America.

Art and science

Beau Brummel, the fashion leader responsible for sparking the culture of 'Dandyism', dies of syphilis.
The first stone is laid on the new Houses of Parliament, based on the gothic designs by the architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The old buildings had burned down in 1834, following a blaze caused by burning wooden tallies used by the Exchequer to calculate tax.


The Afghans surrender to Britain during the Afghan-British war (1839-42). The war was sparked by British fear over Russian influence in Afghanistan, with the British East India Company resolving to depose the Afghan leader, Dost Muhammad, who was insistent on Afghan independence, and restore the former leader Shoja Shah.
The Maoris yield sovereignty of New Zealand under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Michael Fryer

7 October 2017, 13:01

This portrait, given its title, appears to be of Lord Hamilton Francis Chichester (1810-1854) rather than his elder brother George Hamilton Chichester, 3rd Marquess of Donegall. The image is dated 1854, which is the year of Lord Hamilton's death in Malta, which may be connected with why it was created. The 3rd Marquess also appears to have worn a moustache throughout his life, which is confirmed by his portrait by James Atkins in the Ulster Museum and by a later lithograph of him reproduced in Carrickfergus Borough Council's publication of "The Family of Chichester and Carrickfergus" by Charles McConnell. Information about Lord Hamilton appears in the cited link below from the Times of Malta and also the newspaper notices regarding his death in January 1854.

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