© National Portrait Gallery, London
'The Royal Princesses - Children of George III' (Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester; Princess Amelia; Princess Sophia)
by Robert Graves, published by James Sprent Virtue, after John Singleton Copley Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, (1785)
13 in. x 9 5/8 in. (330 mm x 245 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
- Princess Amelia (1783-1810), Sixth daughter of George III. Sitter in 9 portraits.
- Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester (1776-1857), Fourth daughter of George III; wife of William Frederick, 2nd Duke of Gloucester. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
- Princess Sophia (1777-1848), Fifth daughter of George III. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), Painter. Artist associated with 21 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Robert Graves (1798-1873), Line engraver. Artist associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
- James Sprent Virtue (1829-1892). Artist associated with 9 portraits.
George Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.
Art and science
William Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task
.James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson. Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.
Warren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India. French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington. British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.