© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Opie Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1800
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
- Thomas Girtin (1775-1802), Watercolour painter. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 148 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- NPG D2438: Thomas Girtin (source portrait)
- NPG D2439: Thomas Girtin (source portrait)
- NPG D34509: Thomas Girtin ('Liber Naturae or A Collection of Prints From the Drawings of Thomas Girtin') ()
- NPG D34510: Thomas Girtin ()
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 69
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 248
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 216
Widespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and science
William Wordsworth publishes his Preface
to the Lyrical Ballads
; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
Lord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.