8 of 20 portraits of Horace Walpole
by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 1 November 1808 (13 July 1793)
10 5/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (271 mm x 201 mm) plate size; 18 7/8 in. x 12 1/2 in. (480 mm x 319 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1864
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- Horatio ('Horace') Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1717-1797), Writer and collector. Sitter associated with 20 portraits.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (9 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, London)
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Current affairsThe 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.
Art and scienceSculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's.
Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.
InternationalAfter taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The
Peninsular War then begins under Sir John Moore and Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, aiming to protect Portugal and exploit Iberian hatred of French tyranny.