© National Portrait Gallery, London
John Rae; Charles Oman; Hamilton Bell
by John Kay Click on the links below to find out more
5 1/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (129 mm x 115 mm) plate size; 5 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (145 mm x 122 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Hamilton Bell (died 1807), Writer to the Signet. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Charles Oman (died 1825), Vintner's boy. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Rae (died 1808), Surgeon-dentist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Kay (1742-1826), Miniature painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 287 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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.