2 of 3 portraits of Toussaint L'Ouverture
by François Bonneville, after Unknown artist
etching and aquatint, early 19th century
8 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (216 mm x 133 mm) plate size; 11 3/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (298 mm x 210 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
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- François-Domenica Bréda (Toussaint L'Ouverture) (1746-1803), West Indian leader; Governor of Saint Domingue. Sitter in 3 portraits.
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Current affairsWidespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
InternationalLord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 16 March 2018
- Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
Until 31 July