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'Cicero in Catilinam'
by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell Click on the links below to find out more
etching, published 17 March 1785
13 5/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (345 mm x 285 mm) plate size; 14 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in. (368 mm x 299 mm) paper size
- Thomas Cornell (active 1780-1792). Artist associated with 59 portraits.
- James Sayers (1748-1823), Artist. Artist associated with 191 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Charles Wolfran Cornwall (1735-1789), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
- Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 299 portraits.
- Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford (1732-1792), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 64 portraits.
- John Hatsell (1743-1820), Clerk of the House of Commons. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- John Ley (died 1814), Clerk Assistant and Deputy Clerk of the House of Commons. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 168 portraits.
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.
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.