© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Samuel John Stump Click on the links below to find out more
watercolour on card, 1808
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (79 mm x 64 mm) oval
- Henry Siddons (1774-1815), Actor and playwright; son of Sarah Siddons. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 564
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 101
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 454
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.
Art and science
Sculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's.Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.
After taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. ThePeninsular 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.