On loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Hoppner Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1805
55 in. x 46 in. (1396 mm x 1169 mm)
Lent by a private collection, 2012
- William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 168 portraits.
- John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Artist associated with 214 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
, a romantic allegory in the fashionable medieval revival style, admired by both Keats and Shelley.The 'poems of Ossian' are officially declared a fake and a great literary scandal ends as Scottish poet James Macpherson is exposed as the forger of the third century bard's epic works.
Battle of Trafalgar. Napoleon's ultimate plan to invade England from Boulogne with 100,000 men is thwarted by superior British naval power. Nelson dies in the closing moments of battle having been wounded by a French sniper, but survives long enough to learn that a decisive victory has been won.