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'Mr Burke's pair of spectacles for short-sighted politicians'

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'Mr Burke's pair of spectacles for short-sighted politicians', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell, published 12 May 1791 - NPG D9559 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Mr Burke's pair of spectacles for short-sighted politicians'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 12 May 1791
14 in. x 9 7/8 in. (355 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (383 mm x 276 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1905
Reference Collection
NPG D9559


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  • Thomas Cornell (active 1780-1792). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
  • James Sayers (1748-1823), Artist. Artist associated with 191 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

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.

International

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.

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