1 portrait of Robert Burns
by Paton Thomson, after Alexander Nasmyth
line engraving, published 1798
14 3/4 in. x 12 1/2 in. (376 mm x 316 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 12 3/4 in. (385 mm x 325 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1964
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Current affairsTo meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume.
Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.
InternationalUprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated.
Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.