John Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale
by George Clint, after Sir Thomas Lawrence Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, May 1804 (1803-1804)
21 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (547 mm x 419 mm) plate size; 22 1/8 in. x 16 7/8 in. (561 mm x 430 mm) paper size
Given by John Herbert Dudley Ryder, 5th Earl of Harrowby, 1957
- George Clint (1770-1854), Portrait painter and engraver. Artist associated with 77 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 684 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
William Pitt returns to office and forms a second coalition administration, retaining many of those who had served under his predecessor Henry Addington but specifically excluding his arch rival Charles James Fox .
Art and science
William Blake starts writing Jerusalem
. One of his most ambitious allegorical poems, it took nearly eight years to complete. Amidst infighting about submissions to the annual exhibition, attempts are made to unseat painter Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy and elect architect James Wyatt instead.
Napoleon declares himself Emperor of France and is crowned as Napoleon I by Pope Pius VII in Paris. Haiti achieves independence led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the patriot and martyr who had seized control from the French in 1801. He becomes a symbolic figure of freedom for the British anti-slavery movement.