© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Laurent Dabos Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1791
29 1/4 in. x 23 1/4 in. (743 mm x 591 mm)
- Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Author of 'The Rights of Man'. Sitter in 12 portraits.
This painting appears to belong to a series of twelve portraits of revolutionary leaders, including the Comte de Mirabeau, by the French artist Dabos.
Thomas Paine publishes his inflammatory and widely read Rights of Man
in response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France
of the previous year. The work advocates radical revolution and prompts a trial for seditious libel that takes place in his absence.The Catholic Relief Act is passed, repealing the most severe penal laws.
Art and science
Astronomer William Herschel discovers Uranus.Robert Burns publishes Tam O'Shanter
, combining the Scottish vernacular with the formal traditions of classical English poetry and exploring radical ideas of freedom.The Observer
newspaper is founded.The Ordnance Survey
is set up to prepare detailed maps of the country.
Mozart composes The Magic Flute
.The Declaration of the Rights of Man
establishes liberal freedoms in France The French Constitution is passed by the National Assembly. Louis XVI flees Paris with his family but is captured at Varennes.William Pitt declares Britain will remain neutral in any war against France.