1 of 7 portraits of William Cowper
by Lemuel Francis Abbott
oil on canvas, 1792
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
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Artistback to top
- Lemuel Francis Abbott (circa 1760-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 77 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This portrait of him seated before a writing slope with an open volume before him and a pen in his hand was painted by Abbott for Cowper's cousin, Anne Bodham. 'Well! this picture is at last finished,' wrote Cowper to his friend William Hayley, 'and well finished, I can assure you. Every creature that has seen it has been astonished at the resemblance'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 126
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 149
Events of 1792back to top
Current affairsThe famous seven year trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal, on charges of embezzlement and murder, ends with his acquittal. Pro-Revolutionary philosopher Joseph Priestley's house is destroyed by a mob on the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. Their actions are later seen as a key moment in the defeat of Enlightenment ideals in England.
Art and scienceMary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; a radical work which called on women to be allies to one another; fearless in their support and free in their criticism.
Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.
InternationalThe mob invades the Tuileries and the French Royal Family is imprisoned marking the end of France's experiment with constitutional monarchy and the declaration of the first French Republic.
The Revolutionary Commune is established in Paris.
France declares war on Austria and then Prussia.