James Henry Leigh Hunt
by Samuel Freeman, after William Mineard Bennett Click on the links below to find out more
stipple engraving, circa 1805
6 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. (165 mm x 114 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- William Mineard Bennett (1778-1858), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Samuel Freeman (1773-1857), Engraver. Artist associated with 79 portraits.
Nelson's state funeral is held at St Paul's. An occasion for an outpouring of national grief and patriotism, the grand ceremony built on the cult of Nelson which had emerged in the years before his death.
Art and science
Mary Tighe publishes Pysche or the Legend of Love
, a romantic allegory in the fashionable medieval revival style, admired by both Keats and Shelley.The 'poems of Ossian' are officially declared a fake and a great literary scandal ends as Scottish poet James Macpherson is exposed as the forger of the third century bard's epic works.
Battle of Trafalgar. Napoleon's ultimate plan to invade England from Boulogne with 100,000 men is thwarted by superior British naval power. Nelson dies in the closing moments of battle having been wounded by a French sniper, but survives long enough to learn that a decisive victory has been won.