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'The presentation - or - the wise men's offering'

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'The presentation - or - the wise men's offering', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey, published 9 January 1796 - NPG D12553 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'The presentation - or - the wise men's offering'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 9 January 1796
9 3/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (248 mm x 348 mm) plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. (259 mm x 363 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12553

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  • 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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Birth of Princess Charlotte, only child of George, Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline whose marriage soon quickly and publicly degenerates.

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Fanny Burney publishes Camilla, one of several influential novels exploring social misunderstanding and the fashionable mode of sensibility. Architect William Chambers completes the building of Somerset House. Collector William Beckford, the richest man in England, begins construction of his gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey.


Napoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the French armies in Italy and defeats the Austrians at Millesimo and the Piedmontese at Mondovi. Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, arrives in India as a colonel. John Adams is elected President of the United States, defeating Thomas Jefferson by three votes.

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