William Jackson ('A jack in office')
by Robert Dighton Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching, published 4 January 1793
7 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (199 mm x 149 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- William Jackson (active 1793), Commissioner for excise. Sitter associated with 2 portraits.
- Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Artist associated with 272 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D10872: William Jackson ('A jack in office') (from same plate)
Whig MP Charles Grey enters a motion for parliamentary reform but is defeated in the House of Commons.
Art and science
Radical philosopher William Godwin publishes Political Justice
, an inflamatory document that promoted rational anarchism. This crystallised a wider feeling that a new era of world peace and progress was beginning.Sir William Beechey is appointed Portrait Painter to her Majesty, Queen Charlotte.
Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette are executed and the Reign of Terror begins.France declares war on Britain, Holland and then Spain. William Pitt addresses the House of Commons and Britain hesitantly joins the first coalition of anti-revolutionary European states to oppose the French threat.Attack on Corsica in which Captain Horatio Nelson loses an eye.