From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
1820 (MDCCCXX) was the 20th year of the 19th century, and the 1st year of the 1820s decade.
Art and culture
- Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin
- The introduction of steam printing presses
- William Blake's visionary portraits for John Varley (Ghost of a Flea)
- Théodore Géricault takes his painting Raft of the Medusa to England, where it receives much praise.
- Lord Rutwen ou les Vampires by Cyprien Bérard
- "Prinzessin Brambilla" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
- "Lebensansichten des Katers Murr" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
- De la folie. Considerations sur cette maladie. by Étienne-Jean Georget
- Passy Cemetery is opened in Paris
- Elements of the Philosophy of Right by Hegel
- April 8:The Venus de Milo was discovered by a peasant named Yorgos Kentrotas
- January 17 – Anne Brontë, English author (d. 1849)
- February 28 – John Tenniel, English illustrator (d. 1914)
- April 6 – Nadar, French photographer (d. 1910)
- April 27 – Herbert Spencer, English philosopher (d. 1903)
- May 12 – Florence Nightingale, English nurse (d. 1910)
- November 28 – Friedrich Engels, German social philosopher (d. 1895)
- January 29 – King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738)
- April 2 – Thomas Brown, Scottish philosopher and poet (b. 1778)
- April 15 – John Bell, Scottish anatomist and surgeon (b. 1763).
- June 19 – Sir Joseph Banks, English naturalist, botanist (b. 1743)