1 portrait of Jem Belcher
by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1800
30 in. x 25 1/8 in. (762 mm x 638 mm)
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This portraitback to top
Prize fighter of great rapidity ('You heard his blows, you did not see them') and unbeaten until he lost an eye playing at rackets in 1803. Seen here at the height of his powers, wearing a 'belcher', the name given to his style of spotted neckcloths.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 20
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 16
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 129
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 47
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 37
Events of 1800back to top
Current affairsWidespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
InternationalLord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 16 March 2018
- Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
Until 31 July