'[Frontispiece to hints to J. Nollekens, Esq RA]'

1 portrait of Joseph Nollekens

'[Frontispiece to hints to J. Nollekens, Esq RA]', by James Sayers, published by  R. Spencer, published 19 July 1808 - NPG D12265 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'[Frontispiece to hints to J. Nollekens, Esq RA]'

by James Sayers, published by R. Spencer
soft-ground etching, published 19 July 1808
10 3/8 in. x 7 in. (263 mm x 179 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (285 mm x 201 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1905
Reference Collection
NPG D12265


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  • James Sayers (1748-1823), Artist. Artist associated with 191 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • R. Spencer (active 1808-1810). Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

The '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 science

Sculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's. Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.

International

After 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.

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