1 portrait on display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
by Unknown artist
oil on oak panel, circa 1790
23 1/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (591 mm x 489 mm)
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This portraitback to top
To reflect Cavallo's dual talents, this portrait shows him with the twin-plate frictional electrical machine which he had recently invented and, behind him on the chair, an artist's palette.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 95
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 110
Events of 1790back to top
Current affairsAttempts 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 scienceJoseph 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.
InternationalEdmund 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.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
Until 2 July