© National Portrait Gallery, London
by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell Click on the links below to find out more
etching and aquatint, published 6 May 1788
6 3/4 in. x 6 in. (172 mm x 151 mm) plate size; 7 5/8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (193 mm x 173 mm) paper size
- Thomas Cornell (active 1780-1792). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
- James Sayers (1748-1823), Artist. Artist associated with 191 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- NPG D7895: 'Galante show' (Edmund Burke; Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby) (from same plate)
- NPG D12379: 'Galante show' (Edmund Burke; Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby) (from same plate)
Parliament begins an investigation into the slave trade, led by reformers Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce.Regency Crisis; George III's madness is announced provoking a political storm. Former Governor-General of Bengal Warren Hastings' trial begins before the House of Lords.Henry Benedict Stuart becomes the new Stuart claimant to the British throne.
Art and science
Artist Thomas Gainsborough dies. First edition of The Times
newspaper is published in London.Scottish engineer and inventor William Symington demonstrates the first paddle steamer on Dalswinton Loch near Dumfries.Robert Burns writes his version of the Scots poem Auld Lang Syne
Ministers of the French King, Louis XVI, reluctantly announce that the Estates General will meet the following year, for the first time since 1614. United States constitution comes into force when New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it. First Fleet reaches Australia, anchoring in Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip, selecting a suitable site for the first Australian penal colony, names the place Sydney Cove.