- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, after 1790
50 in. x 39 5/8 in. (1270 mm x 1005 mm)
Artistback to top
- Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 252 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Beechey's portrait is a conventional celebration of a professional life. Aged seventy-six, Carr is posed with plans and drawings of his successful project for Buxton Crescent. The distant view is of the spire of St Peter's, Horbury, the church Carr built in his native Yorkshire village.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 92
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 141
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 106
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Yorkshire (St Peter's Church, Horbury, Wakefield, Yorkshire)
Events of 1790back to top
Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.
InternationalEdmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France. A landmark work of opposition to the Revolution which offered a critique of the radical philosophy behind events in France; the Reflections have been read as an articulation of the foundations of modern British conservatism. George Vancouver explores the north west coast of America.
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