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  The Arts at the National Archives
 Shakespeare dies c. 1616 Shakespeare's Will
National Archives, Kew
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 First Folio 1623
 
 Milton is Latin secretary 1649
 
Milton sues to recover a debt c. 1654 Inventory of a gentleman taken to court by John Milton, 1654
National Archives, Kew
 
 10 for Paradise Lost 1667
 
Defoe petitions to avoid a gaol sentence c. 1703 Letter from Daniel Defoe in 1703
National Archives, Kew
 
 Castaway discovered on Pacific island 1709 Fleet marriage of original Robinson Crusoe, c.1718
National Archives, Kew
 
 Crusoe meets Man Friday 1719
 
 Chiswick House completed for Lord Burlington 1729
 
Burlington puts in design for Houses of Parliament c. 1733 Design by Burlington for new Houses of Parliament in 1733
National Archives, Kew
 
 Sense and Sensibility 1811
 
Jane Austen dies c. 1817
 
  1817 Jane Austen's will
National Archives, Kew
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 Pugin and the Gothic Revival c. 1835
 
 Barry begins Houses of Parliament 1837
 
A miniature porcelain Gothic font is installed in the Rolls Chapel c. 1840 Wedgwood Gothic Font, c.1840
National Archives, Kew
 
 William Butterfield designs Gothic Revival churches c. 1840
 
 David Copperfield 1849
 
Dickens writes to the prime minister c. 1862 Letter from Charles Dickens to Lord Palmerston in 1862
National Archives, Kew
 
 Wilde has first stage hit 1892
 
 Importance of Being Earnest 1895
 
 Wilde loses to Queensberry 1895 The fatal card from Queensberry to Oscar Wilde in 1895
National Archives, Kew
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 Wilde gets two years' hard labour 1895
 
 Chaplin joins Fred Karno 1906
 
 Chaplin appears as the tramp 1914
 
 National Government in UK 1931
 
Chaplin visits the prime minister c. 1931 Charlie Chaplin with Ramsay MacDonald at Chequers in 1931
National Archives, Kew