by George Romney
22 1/2 in. x 18 1/2 in. (572 mm x 470 mm)
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Artistback to top
- George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 160 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Cowper sat for this portrait at the house of the poet William Hayley, who was a friend of the artist Romney. Hayley wrote a posthumous biography of Cowper.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Alex Kidson, George Romney 1734-1802, 2002 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 May - 18 August 2002), p. 221
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 128
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 163
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 73
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 107
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 107
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 149
- Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantic Icons, 1999, p. 19
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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.