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Henry Siddons

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Henry Siddons, by Samuel John Stump, 1808 - NPG 4879 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Henry Siddons

by Samuel John Stump
watercolour on card, 1808
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (79 mm x 64 mm) oval
Purchased, 1972
Primary Collection
NPG 4879


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  • Henry Siddons (1774-1815), Actor and playwright; son of Sarah Siddons. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Current affairs

The 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.

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Sculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's. Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.

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After taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The Peninsular War then begins under Sir John Moore and Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, aiming to protect Portugal and exploit Iberian hatred of French tyranny.

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