© National Portrait Gallery, London
attributed to Anne Jessop, Lady Beechey, after Sir William Beechey Click on the links below to find out more
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1799 (circa 1799)
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (79 mm x 64 mm) oval
- Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), Industrialist and entrepreneur. Sitter in 14 portraits.
- Anne Jessop, Lady Beechey (1764-1833), Artist and miniature painter; wife of Sir William Beechey. Artist associated with 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 43
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 65
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 69
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 107
The Prince of Wales is reconciled with his secret wife Maria Fitzherbert.Corresponding Societies Act is passed prohibiting certain named political groups including the radical London Corresponding Society and the United Irishmen.
Art and science
The Swiss artist Henry Fuseli, resident in England since 1778, is appointed Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy.The conservative educator Hannah More publishes her Strictures on Female Education
which criticised demands for women's rights while proposing an active role for them within religious and moral movements.
Successful defence of Acre in the Levant is led by William Sidney Smith.British expedition to Holland, led by General Ralph Abercromby, ends in evacuation after allies defeated at Battle of Bergen-op-Zoom. Fall of the ruling Directory in France. Napoleon seizes power.The Rosetta Stone is discovered in Egypt.