by William Hilton
oil on canvas, 1820
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Click on the links below to find out more:
Artistback to top
- William Hilton (1786-1839), History painter. Artist associated with 60 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Commissioned by his publisher John Taylor in 1820, this painting prompted one art critic to observe: 'What life in the eyes! What ardent thirst for excellence, and what flexibility and susceptibility to the outward impression in the quivering lips !'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Holmes, Richard, Insights: The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2005, p. 97
- Holmes, Richard, The Romantic Poets and Their Circle, 2013, p. 115
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 61
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 163
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 166
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 125
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 110
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 89
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1820back to top
Current affairsGeorge III dies at Kew on 29 January and George IV ascends to the throne.'Trial of Queen Caroline' in the House of Lords; Parliament drops the Bill which was to legitimise a divorce between Caroline and George IV.Cato Street Conspiracy to assassinate the cabinet discovered. Arthur Thistlewood and fellow conspirators are hung.
Art and scienceSir Thomas Lawrence becomes President of the Royal Academy.Astronomical Society is set up by John Herschel and Charles Babbage. First iron steamship is launched.
InternationalActor, Edmund Kean goes on a successful tour of America after making his name at the Drury Lane Theatre.Revolutions begin in Spain, Portugal and Naples.The famous ancient Greek statue of the Venus de Milo is rediscovered on the Island of Melos and purchased by the Louvre in Paris.
See this portrait
On display in Room 18 at the National Portrait Gallery