Adam Walker and his family

1 portrait

Adam Walker and his family

by George Romney
oil on canvas, 1796-1801
53 1/4 in. x 65 1/4 in. (1352 mm x 1657 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's granddaughter, Miss Ellen Elizabeth Gibson, 1897
Primary Collection
NPG 1106

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  • George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 160 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • Eliza Gibson (née Walker) (died 1856), Daughter of Adam Walker. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Adam Walker (1731-1821), Inventor and writer. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • Adam John Walker (1769 or 1770-1839), Divine; second son of Adam Walker. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Deane Franklin Walker (1778-1865), Astronomer; youngest son of Adam Walker. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Eleanor Walker (active 1764-circa 1801), Wife of Adam Walker. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • William Walker (1766?-1816), Astronomer; eldest son of Adam Walker. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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As a longstanding friend of the sitter's Romney described the painting as 'his favourite picture of friendship'.

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Birth of Princess Charlotte, only child of George, Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline whose marriage soon quickly and publicly degenerates.

Art and science

Fanny Burney publishes Camilla, one of several influential novels exploring social misunderstanding and the fashionable mode of sensibility. Architect William Chambers completes the building of Somerset House. Collector William Beckford, the richest man in England, begins construction of his gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey.


Napoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the French armies in Italy and defeats the Austrians at Millesimo and the Piedmontese at Mondovi. Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, arrives in India as a colonel. John Adams is elected President of the United States, defeating Thomas Jefferson by three votes.

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