'Head Quarters: Brooks's, 18th July 1785 You are to attack the Enemy's Propositions at six o'clock this Evening'

1 portrait of Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby

'Head Quarters: Brooks's, 18th July 1785 You are to attack the Enemy's Propositions at six o'clock this Evening', by James Sayers, published by  Thomas Cornell, published 22 July 1785 - NPG D9936 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'Head Quarters: Brooks's, 18th July 1785 You are to attack the Enemy's Propositions at six o'clock this Evening'

by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching, published 22 July 1785
9 5/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (244 mm x 156 mm) plate size; 10 1/2 in. x 6 3/4 in. (266 mm x 173 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1905
Reference Collection
NPG D9936


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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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  • NPG D5875: 'Head Quarters: Brooks's, 18th July 1785 You are to attack the the Enemy's Propositions at six o'clock this Evening' (from same plate)
  • NPG D5876: 'Head Quarters: Brooks's, 18th July 1785 You are to attack the the Enemy's Propositions at six o'clock this Evening' (from same plate)

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Current affairs

George Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.

Art and science

William Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task. James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson. Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.

International

Warren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India. French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington. British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.

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