1 of 11 portraits of Gilbert Wakefield
by Robert Laurie, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1792
6 7/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (176 mm x 120 mm) plate size; 7 1/4 in. x 5 in. (184 mm x 128 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), Scholar and controversialist. Sitter in 11 portraits.
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Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.
InternationalThe mob invades the Tuileries and the French Royal Family is imprisoned marking the end of France's experiment with constitutional monarchy and the declaration of the first French Republic.
The Revolutionary Commune is established in Paris.
France declares war on Austria and then Prussia.