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Matthew Boulton

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Matthew Boulton, by Anthony Cardon, published by  T. Cadell & W. Davies, after  William Evans, after  Sir William Beechey, published 1812 - NPG D32008 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Matthew Boulton

by Anthony Cardon, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after William Evans, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 1812
17 in. x 13 3/8 in. (431 mm x 341 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D32008


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  • Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), Industrialist and entrepreneur. Sitter in 14 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 250 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • T. Cadell & W. Davies (active 1795-1817), Publishers. Artist associated with 234 portraits.
  • Anthony Cardon (1772-1813), Engraver and print publisher. Artist associated with 67 portraits.
  • William Evans (active 1797-1856), Draughtsman and engraver. Artist associated with 103 portraits.

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Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by a bankrupt named John Bellingham. A new administration is formed under Lord Liverpool. The Toleration Act is passed giving greater freedom of worship to dissenters in order to ensure their political loyalty.

Art and science

Actress Sarah Siddons retires from the London stage. Her final appearance is as Lady Macbeth, the role that made her famous, but the performance has to end after the sleepwalking scene because of the fervour of the audience. Building of Regent's Canal begins under John Rennie.

International

United States declares war on Britain over grievances arising from British naval conduct in the French wars. American plan for attack on Canada fails and British troops under Sir Edward Pakenham force surrender of Detroit. Wellington defeats French at Salamanca and enters Madrid. Napoleon leads France in disastrous Russian campaign.

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