© National Portrait Gallery, London
Maria Theresa Kemble
by Richard Morton Paye, after Eliza Anne Paye Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1805
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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.
Art and science
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.