© National Portrait Gallery, London
Probably Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after Pierre Noel Violet, and by and published by Michelangelo Pergolesi Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving and etching, published 26 July 1792
18 in. x 11 5/8 in. (458 mm x 294 mm) paper size
The famous seven year trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal, on charges of embezzlement and murder, ends with his acquittal. Pro-Revolutionary philosopher Joseph Priestley's house is destroyed by a mob on the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. Their actions are later seen as a key moment in the defeat of Enlightenment ideals in England.
Art and science
Mary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
; a radical work which called on women to be allies to one another; fearless in their support and free in their criticism.Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.
The mob invades the Tuileries and the French Royal Family is imprisoned marking the end of France's experiment with constitutional monarchy and the declaration of the first French Republic.The Revolutionary Commune is established in Paris.France declares war on Austria and then Prussia.