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'The morning after marriage - or - a scene on the Continent' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe))

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'The morning after marriage - or - a scene on the Continent' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)), by James Gillray, published by  William Holland, published 5 April 1786 - NPG D13051 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'The morning after marriage - or - a scene on the Continent' (King George IV; Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe))

by James Gillray, published by William Holland
etching, published 5 April 1786
16 5/8 in. x 20 1/4 in. (422 mm x 514 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D13051

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  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 881 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • William Holland (active 1782-1802), Book and printseller. Artist associated with 11 portraits.

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Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke instigates impeachment proceedings against Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of Bengal after concerns about the moral standards of the British in India are raised. Prime Minister William Pitt appoints commissioners for the reduction of the national debt and establishes a sinking fund of £1 million a year. Government approves the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay.

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Robert Burns publishes Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect bringing him immediate success across the country. Engraver and publisher John Boydell initiates plans for his Shakespeare Gallery in an effort to establish a school of British history painting. Merchant David Dale establishes New Lanark in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, as a model cotton milling community.


General Charles Cornwallis succeeds Warren Hastings as Governor-General in India. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Marriage of Figaro premieres in Vienna. Francisco Goya is appointed court painter to the Spanish king Charles III.

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