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'Two pair of portraits'

19 of 49 portraits of John Horne Tooke

'Two pair of portraits', by James Gillray, published by  John Wright, published 1 December 1798 - NPG D12669 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Two pair of portraits'

by James Gillray, published by John Wright
hand-coloured etching and engraving, published 1 December 1798
7 3/4 in. x 10 5/8 in. (198 mm x 269 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D12669


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Artistsback to top

  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • John Wright (active 1798), Publisher. Artist associated with 9 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708-1778), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 33 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • Charles James Fox (1749-1806), Whig statesman. Sitter associated with 299 portraits.
  • Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland (1705-1774), Whig statesman. Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 168 portraits.
  • John Horne Tooke (1736-1812), Radical politician; MP and philologist. Sitter associated with 49 portraits.
  • John Wilkes (1725-1797), Journalist, agitator and politician; MP for Aylesbury and Middlesex. Sitter associated with 49 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D13687: '"Two pair of portraits"' (from same plate)

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Events of 1798back to top

Current affairs

To meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.

Art and science

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume. Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.

International

Uprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated. Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.

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