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by Henry Edridge
watercolour on ivory, circa 1800
2 3/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. (60 mm x 48 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery, 1994
Artistback to top
- Henry Edridge (1769-1821), Portrait painter and landscape draughtsman. Artist associated with 116 portraits.
This portraitback to top
A lock of hair is contained in the back of this miniature.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 215
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 103 Read entry
This miniature of Robert Fellowes, one of the founders of London University, is a fine example of the elegant portrait style of Henry Edgridge, having his characteristic greenish-blue shading and sharp shadow under the nose.
Events of 1800back to top
Current affairsWidespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
InternationalLord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.
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