© National Portrait Gallery, London
Unknown man, formerly known as Christopher Anstey
attributed to Francis Alleyne Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1790
17 in. x 14 in. (432 mm x 356 mm) oval
Attempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and science
Joseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.
Edmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France.
A landmark work of opposition to the Revolution which offered a critique of the radical philosophy behind events in France; the Reflections
have been read as an articulation of the foundations of modern British conservatism. George Vancouver explores the north west coast of America.