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'The princess's bow alias the Bow Begum'

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'The princess's bow alias the Bow Begum', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell, published 1 May 1788 - NPG D9573 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'The princess's bow alias the Bow Begum'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 1 May 1788
9 in. x 11 3/8 in. (229 mm x 289 mm) plate size; 8 3/4 in. x 12 1/8 in. (222 mm x 309 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1905
Reference Collection
NPG D9573

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Sittersback to top

  • Edmund Burke (1729 or 1730-1797), Statesman. Sitter associated with 103 portraits.
  • Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 299 portraits.
  • Sir Philip Francis (1740-1818), Whig politician and pamphleteer. Sitter in 16 portraits.
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Dramatist and parliamentary orator. Sitter associated with 164 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • 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

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.

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