© National Portrait Gallery, London
by and published by Edward Bell, after John Opie Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1805
25 3/4 in. x 15 3/8 in. (653 mm x 391 mm) plate size; 27 3/4 in. x 17 1/4 in. (704 mm x 437 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1962
- Samuel Forster (1752-1843), Headmaster of the Norwich Free School. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Edward Bell (active 1794-1819), Painter and mezzotinter. Artist associated with 16 portraits.
- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 148 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
Nelson's state funeral is held at St Paul's. An occasion for an outpouring of national grief and patriotism, the grand ceremony built on the cult of Nelson which had emerged in the years before his death.
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Mary Tighe publishes Pysche or the Legend of Love
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