© National Portrait Gallery, London
George Anson, 1st Baron Anson
by and published by Charles Bestland, after Thomas Pingo Jr Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1803 (circa 1768)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Charles Bestland (active 1783-1837), Painter. Artist associated with 25 portraits.
- Thomas Pingo Jr (1714-1776), Medallist and engraver to the Mint. Artist associated with 2 portraits.
The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review
Art and science
Erasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature
published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later. Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.
War with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.