© National Portrait Gallery, London
after John Jackson Click on the links below to find out more
stipple and line engraving, circa 1791-1830
3 in. x 2 3/4 in. (75 mm x 69 mm) paper size
- John Wesley (1703-1791), Methodist leader. Sitter in 30 portraits.
- John Jackson (1778-1831), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 231 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
Thomas Paine publishes his inflammatory and widely read Rights of Man
in response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France
of the previous year. The work advocates radical revolution and prompts a trial for seditious libel that takes place in his absence.The Catholic Relief Act is passed, repealing the most severe penal laws.
Art and science
Astronomer William Herschel discovers Uranus.Robert Burns publishes Tam O'Shanter
, combining the Scottish vernacular with the formal traditions of classical English poetry and exploring radical ideas of freedom.The Observer
newspaper is founded.The Ordnance Survey
is set up to prepare detailed maps of the country.
Mozart composes The Magic Flute
.The Declaration of the Rights of Man
establishes liberal freedoms in France The French Constitution is passed by the National Assembly. Louis XVI flees Paris with his family but is captured at Varennes.William Pitt declares Britain will remain neutral in any war against France.