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William Austin

by William Nicholls, published by Hassell & Co, after John Raphael Smith
stipple engraving, published 1813
8 5/8 in. x 5 3/4 in. (218 mm x 147 mm) plate size; 11 3/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (288 mm x 217 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1955
Reference Collection
NPG D38618

Sitterback to top

  • William Austin (1802-1857), Adopted son of Queen Caroline. Sitter associated with 8 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Hassell & Co (active 1813), Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • William Nicholls (active 1808-1813), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Portrait painter, engraver and pastellist. Artist or producer associated with 192 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Events of 1813back to top

Current affairs

Machine breaking Luddite Riots end with seventeen executions in York. Radical John Cartwright's subsequent tour of the manufacturing districts has some success in quelling Luddite discontent with the foundation of the Hampden reform club network across the country.
East India Company is deprived of monopoly over trade with India.

Art and science

Millenarian prophet Joanna Southcott, made famous by her visions of the second coming of Christ, announces herself 'with child' by the Holy Ghost.
Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice.


Victorious Battle of St Pierre near Bayonne led by General Rowland Hill.
Battle of Leipzig ends in defeat for Napoleon.
Wellington's victory at Vittoria leads to British invasion of Southern France.
Americans capture and burn Toronto, defeat British in Battle of Lake Erie and recapture Detroit.

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