© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Charles Howard Hodges, published by John Rising, published by Thomas Harmar, after John Rising Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1 February 1792
20 3/4 in. x 15 1/8 in. (528 mm x 383 mm) paper size
- William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Philanthropist and reformer. Sitter associated with 32 portraits.
- Thomas Harmar (active circa 1757-1792), Stationer, engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Charles Howard Hodges (1764-1837), Portrait painter and mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 42 portraits.
- John Rising (1753-1817), Publisher and printer. Artist associated with 7 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 Women
; 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.