© National Portrait Gallery, London
'A hero of the turf & his agent' (Frank Buckle; Henry Francis Mellish)
by and published by Robert Dighton Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 1806
10 7/8 in. x 8 in. (277 mm x 202 mm) plate size; 12 3/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (315 mm x 260 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1895
- Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Artist associated with 274 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D8598: 'A hero of the turf & his agent' (Frank Buckle; Henry Francis Mellish) (from same plate)
- NPG D13422: 'A hero of the turf & his agent' (Frank Buckle; Henry Francis Mellish) (from same plate)
- Huntington-Whiteley, James, The Book of British Sporting Heroes, 1998 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 16 October 1998 to 24 January 1999), p. 55
William Pitt dies in January and his lifelong opponent Charles James Fox dies in September. Pitt is succeeded by William Wyndham, Baron Grenville, who forms the 'Ministry of all the Talents' coalition .Prince of Wales instigates the 'Delicate Investigation'; a Parliamentary enquiry into claims that his wife Caroline had an illegitimate child.
Art and science
John Constable embarks on a formative tour of the Lakes and makes landscape studies of the Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn.Turner exhibits his Thames views to acclaim at his own London gallery.Humphrey Davy discovers the elements potassium and sodium by passing an electrical current through molten compounds.
Soprano Angelica Catalani arrives from Italy to make her London debut, amazing audiences with her showpiece arias.Napoleon turns his forces east against Austria, Russia and Prussia and enjoys a wave of French victories.British attack on Buenos Aires under General William Beresford fails.