by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, early 19th century
22 in. x 16 5/8 in. (559 mm x 422 mm)
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Previously thought to be a sixteenth-century work, new research has shown that this painting dates from a much later period. Analysis of the paint used for the green background has shown that it contains a pigment called 'Prussian Blue' which was not commonly in use until the late eighteenth century. The style of painting suggests that it was produced by an eighteenth or nineteenth-century artist mimicking Tudor painting techniques. The design of the portrait is based on a pattern that was in used in the sixteenth century and probably produced during the sitter's lifetime.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 227
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Current affairsWidespread 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 scienceWilliam 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.
InternationalLord 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.
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