by Thomas Rowlandson, and by Auguste Charles Pugin, aquatinted by John Bluck, published by Rudolph Ackermann
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 May 1809
9 1/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (232 mm x 273 mm) plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (261 mm x 297 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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Artistsback to top
- Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), Publisher. Artist associated with 51 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Bluck (active 1791-1819), Aquatint engraver. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
- Auguste Charles Pugin (1768 or 1769-1832), Artist and architectural draughtsman; father of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
- Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), Satirical draughtsman. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
Events of 1809back to top
Current affairsDuke of Portland resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Spencer Perceval.
Motion for parliamentary reform is defeated in the House of Commons.
Notorious duel between George Canning and Viscount Castlereagh over strategic failures against Napoleon.
Art and scienceMaria Edgeworth publishes Tales of Fashionable Life, a popular and perceptive series of stories exploring Anglo-Irish society after the Union.
Robert Smirke completes the New Covent Garden Theatre after fire. 'Old Price' theatre riots quickly break out against rising cost of admission.
Pall Mall in London is lit by gas for the first time.
InternationalBritish army lands in Lisbon and defeats the French at Talavera. Arthur Wellesley is created Viscount Wellington as a result of this victory.
Walcheren expedition led by General Chatham, which aimed to take Antwerp, fails amidst allegations of military corruption and carnage.
James Madison is elected President of the United States.