2 of 6 portraits of Mary Wollstonecraft
by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1796
6 3/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (162 mm x 112 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (287 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
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- Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Writer and feminist; wife of William Godwin. Sitter in 6 portraits.
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Events of 1796back to top
Current affairsBirth of Princess Charlotte, only child of George, Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline whose marriage soon quickly and publicly degenerates.
Art and scienceFanny Burney publishes Camilla, one of several influential novels exploring social misunderstanding and the fashionable mode of sensibility.
Architect William Chambers completes the building of Somerset House.
Collector William Beckford, the richest man in England, begins construction of his gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey.
InternationalNapoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the French armies in Italy and defeats the Austrians at Millesimo and the Piedmontese at Mondovi.
Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, arrives in India as a colonel.
John Adams is elected President of the United States, defeating Thomas Jefferson by three votes.
Exhibitions and displays
- In Conversation: Faces of the Past, Images in Question
29 June, 19:00