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'Friendship' (George Husband Baird; Thomas Elder)
by John Kay Click on the links below to find out more
5 1/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (131 mm x 95 mm) plate size; 6 5/8 in. x 5 in. (168 mm x 126 mm) paper size
- George Husband Baird (1761-1840), Education reformer and Principal of Edinburgh University. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Thomas Elder (1737-1799), Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- John Kay (1742-1826), Miniature painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 287 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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.