Paul Sandby

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Paul Sandby, by Sir William Beechey, circa 1789 - NPG 1379 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Paul Sandby

by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, circa 1789
30 1/8 in. x 25 in. (764 mm x 636 mm)
Bequeathed by Walter Arnold Sandby, 1904
Primary Collection
NPG 1379

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  • Paul Sandby (1725-1809), Watercolour painter and engraver and a founder of the Royal Academy of Arts. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.

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  • Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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George III recovers from the previous year's illness. The 'Regency Crisis' and attendant political wrangling between the Tory Prime Minister William Pitt and the pro-Whig Prince of Wales end. Dismissed as a 'bilious attack', George's sickness was in fact the first sign of the mental health problems which led to the Prince of Wales's appointment as Regent in 1811.

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John Boydell's ambitious new Shakespeare Gallery opens in Pall Mall, displaying works by Britain's leading artists and attempting to combine urban entertainment with the promotion of British history painting. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham publishes An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, outlining his 'greatest happiness principle'.


George Washington is elected first President of the United States. The French Revolution begins. The storming of the Bastille on the 14 July marks the overthrow of the absolute monarchy in France. The uprising followed the establishment of a governing National Assembly of the people's representatives.

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