John Newton

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John Newton, by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after  John Russell, published 1 January 1808 (1788) - NPG D5353 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Newton

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after John Russell
line engraving, published 1 January 1808 (1788)
6 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. (165 mm x 114 mm) plate size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D5353

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Sitterback to top

  • John Newton (1725-1807), Slave trader, clergyman and friend of the poet William Cowper. Sitter in 7 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Joseph Collyer the Younger (1748-1827), Engraver. Artist associated with 60 portraits.
  • John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist. Artist associated with 102 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.

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  • Douglas Hamilton and Robert J. Blyth, Representing slavery : art, artefacts and archives in the collections of the National Maritime Museum, 2007, p. 302

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Current affairs

The 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.

Art and science

Sculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's. Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.


After taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The Peninsular War then begins under Sir John Moore and Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, aiming to protect Portugal and exploit Iberian hatred of French tyranny.

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