by Sir David Wilkie
oil on panel, 1818
10 in. x 8 1/4 in. (254 mm x 210 mm)
Bequeathed by the sitter's son, Michael Thomson Scott Raimbach, 1887
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Sitterback to top
- Abraham Raimbach (1776-1843), Engraver. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841), Painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 21 portraits.
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Abraham Raimbach, the engraver, is best remembered for his series of distinguished plates after works by Sir David Wilkie. Wilkie quarrelled with his first engraver in 1812 and subsequently asked Raimbach to join him in producing a series of large plates for publication. The first of these, Village Politicians appeared in 1814 and was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Salon. In this portrait Raimbach, engraving tool in hand, is depicted as if momentarily distracted from his work.
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Events of 1818back to top
Current affairsDeath of Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, George III's Queen since 1761.
Official enquiry initiated into Queen Caroline's conduct abroad.
Art and scienceMary Shelley anonymously publishes her masterpiece Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus which reflects growing concern about the role of morality in science.
Lord Byron completes his romance Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage, whose gloomy, dissolute hero was probably based on the writer himself.
InternationalStamford Raffles acquires authorisation to construct a fort at Singapore marking the beginning of its development as a centre of East-West trade.
Congress of European Alliance at Aix-La-Chapelle. Lord Castlereagh plays a central role in establishing a pan-Europe peace settlement to bring a chastened France back into the world of political respectability.