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Gilbert Wakefield

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Gilbert Wakefield, by Robert Laurie, after  Unknown artist, circa 1792 - NPG D4589 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gilbert Wakefield

by Robert Laurie, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, circa 1792
6 3/4 in. x 5 in. (173 mm x 127 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D4589

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Sitterback to top

  • Gilbert Wakefield (1756-1801), Scholar and controversialist. Sitter in 11 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), Mezzotint engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 65 portraits.
  • Unknown artist. Artist associated with 6408 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D4587: Gilbert Wakefield (from same plate)
  • NPG D4588: Gilbert Wakefield (from same plate)

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Events of 1792back to top

Current affairs

The famous seven year trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal, on charges of embezzlement and murder, ends with his acquittal. Pro-Revolutionary philosopher Joseph Priestley's house is destroyed by a mob on the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. Their actions are later seen as a key moment in the defeat of Enlightenment ideals in England.

Art and science

Mary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Women; a radical work which called on women to be allies to one another; fearless in their support and free in their criticism. Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.


The 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.

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