© National Portrait Gallery, London
Captain Page; Captain Vicars; with an admirer
by John Kay Click on the links below to find out more
3 7/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. (99 mm x 61 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 8 in. (262 mm x 202 mm) paper size
- Captain Page (active 1786), Officer in the 7th Regiment of Foot. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Captain Vicars (active 1786), Officer in the 7th Regiment of Foot; the handsomest man among 10,000. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Kay (1742-1826), Miniature painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 287 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke instigates impeachment proceedings against Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of Bengal after concerns about the moral standards of the British in India are raised. Prime Minister William Pitt appoints commissioners for the reduction of the national debt and establishes a sinking fund of £1 million a year. Government approves the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay.
Art and science
Robert Burns publishes Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect bringing him immediate success across the country. Engraver and publisher John Boydell initiates plans for his Shakespeare Gallery in an effort to establish a school of British history painting. Merchant David Dale establishes New Lanark in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, as a model cotton milling community.
General Charles Cornwallis succeeds Warren Hastings as Governor-General in India. Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Marriage of Figaro
premieres in Vienna. Francisco Goya is appointed court painter to the Spanish king Charles III.