© National Portrait Gallery, London
'A sphere, projecting against a plane' (William Pitt; Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire)
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 3 January 1792
10 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (275 mm x 224 mm) plate size; 11 3/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (299 mm x 236 mm) paper size
- James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Hannah Humphrey (active 1778-1822), Publisher and printseller. Artist associated with 718 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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Art and science
Mary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Women
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