4 of 5 portraits of Thomas Hope
by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
pencil, pen and ink, December 1805 (exhibited 1799)
13 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (338 mm x 227 mm)
acquired Sir George Scharf, 1890
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Current affairsNelson's state funeral is held at St Paul's. An occasion for an outpouring of national grief and patriotism, the grand ceremony built on the cult of Nelson which had emerged in the years before his death.
Art and scienceMary Tighe publishes Pysche or the Legend of Love, a romantic allegory in the fashionable medieval revival style, admired by both Keats and Shelley.
The 'poems of Ossian' are officially declared a fake and a great literary scandal ends as Scottish poet James Macpherson is exposed as the forger of the third century bard's epic works.