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The Thames, or the Triumph of Navigation' (James Cook; Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh); Sir Francis Drake; Charles Burney)

6 of 10 portraits of Charles Burney

The Thames, or the Triumph of Navigation' (James Cook; Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh); Sir Francis Drake; Charles Burney), by James Barry, published 1792 (1 May 1791) - NPG D14598 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Thames, or the Triumph of Navigation' (James Cook; Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh); Sir Francis Drake; Charles Burney)

by James Barry
etching, published 1792 (1 May 1791)
16 1/2 in. x 20 in. (420 mm x 508 mm) plate size; 19 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (502 mm x 630 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14598


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Sittersback to top

  • Charles Burney (1726-1814), Musician and historian of music. Sitter in 10 portraits.
  • James Cook (1728-1779), Circumnavigator. Sitter associated with 15 portraits.
  • Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596), Admiral and circumnavigator. Sitter associated with 36 portraits.
  • Sir Walter Ralegh (1554-1618), Soldier, sailor, poet and writer. Sitter in 48 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • James Barry (1741-1806), Painter. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

Events of 1792back to top

Current affairs

The famous seven year trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal, on charges of embezzlement and murder, ends with his acquittal. Pro-Revolutionary philosopher Joseph Priestley's house is destroyed by a mob on the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. Their actions are later seen as a key moment in the defeat of Enlightenment ideals in England.

Art and science

Mary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Women; a radical work which called on women to be allies to one another; fearless in their support and free in their criticism. Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.

International

The mob invades the Tuileries and the French Royal Family is imprisoned marking the end of France's experiment with constitutional monarchy and the declaration of the first French Republic. The Revolutionary Commune is established in Paris. France declares war on Austria and then Prussia.

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