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Stephen Kemble, by James Heath, after  John Raphael Smith, published 1808 - NPG D8352 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen Kemble

by James Heath, after John Raphael Smith
stipple engraving, published 1808
7 1/2 in. x 5 3/4 in. (191 mm x 146 mm)
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D8352


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  • James Heath (1757-1834), Engraver. Artist associated with 78 portraits, Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
  • John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Portrait painter, engraver and pastellist. Artist associated with 184 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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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.

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

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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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