16 of 17 portraits on display in Room 13: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
by Walter Stephens Lethbridge
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1803
3 3/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (86 mm x 67 mm) oval
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Sitterback to top
- Samuel Horsley (1733-1806), Bishop of St Asaph; Secretary of the Royal Society. Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Horsley graduated from Cambridge in 1758 and became rector of Newington Butts, Surrey, the following year. The author of works on astronomical and geometrical science, in 1768 he went up to Oxford as a private tutor to Heneage Finch. A fellow of the Royal Society, he resigned after a dispute in 1783-4 in which he played a prominent part, and in 1785 completed his edition of Sir Isaac Newton's works. Throughout much of the 1780s Finch was engaged in a scholarly dispute with Priestley over the Incarnation. He was made Bishop of Asaph in 1802 and is seen here in his bishop's robes.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 264
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 315
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 73
Events of 1803back to top
Current affairsThe Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review.
Art and scienceErasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later.
Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.
InternationalWar with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.
United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.