© National Portrait Gallery, London
by and published by Charles Picart, after James Northcote Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 15 January 1806
25 in. x 16 in. (635 mm x 407 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1955
- John Hatsell (1743-1820), Clerk of the House of Commons. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- James Northcote (1746-1831), Painter; pupil and biographer of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Artist associated with 103 portraits, Sitter associated with 23 portraits.
- Charles Picart (circa 1780-circa 1837), Engraver, draughtsman and painter. Artist associated with 118 portraits.
William Pitt dies in January and his lifelong opponent Charles James Fox dies in September. Pitt is succeeded by William Wyndham, Baron Grenville, who forms the 'Ministry of all the Talents' coalition .Prince of Wales instigates the 'Delicate Investigation'; a Parliamentary enquiry into claims that his wife Caroline had an illegitimate child.
Art and science
John Constable embarks on a formative tour of the Lakes and makes landscape studies of the Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn.Turner exhibits his Thames views to acclaim at his own London gallery.Humphrey Davy discovers the elements potassium and sodium by passing an electrical current through molten compounds.
Soprano Angelica Catalani arrives from Italy to make her London debut, amazing audiences with her showpiece arias.Napoleon turns his forces east against Austria, Russia and Prussia and enjoys a wave of French victories.British attack on Buenos Aires under General William Beresford fails.