1 of 7 portraits by George Lethbridge Saunders
- Extended Catalogue Entry
by George Lethbridge Saunders, after Unknown artist
watercolour on ivory, based on a work from the early 19th century
4 1/2 in. x 3 5/8 in. (114 mm x 92 mm)
Given by Bernard Falk, 1927
Artistsback to top
Linked publicationsback to top
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 75
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 380
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 105 Read entry
Matthew Lewis wrote his novel The Monk in ten weeks when he was an attaché, aged twenty, at The Hague. It is the sort of gothick fantasy laughed at by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey. Scott, a great admirer, described 'Monk' Lewis as 'small and boyish, with queerish eyes - they projected like those of some insects, and were flattish on the orbit' (S. G. Lockhart, Life of Sir Walter Scott, Vol.1, p 255). He was boyish-looking for most of his life, which makes it difficult to date Saunders' miniature, probably a copy.
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 315
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.
Enter our Jubilee family competition
Submit your family’s recreation of a Royal portrait to win some Jubilee goodiesEnter now
Develop your art skills
Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.
Hold Still photography workshop
Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise.
Draw Like a Renaissance Master
Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.
- Silhouettes display, 2004-05
- Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust
- 2019 Anniversaries
- William Hazlitt's Spirit of the Age
- Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain
- Mary, Queen of Scots: Fact and Fiction
- Restoration Lives: Samuel Pepys and His Circle
- Brilliant Women
- Chartist Portraits
- Mary, Queen of Scots
- Nelson: before and after Trafalgar
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Art Conservation Project
- Rebel women
- Theodore de Mayerne
- Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs
- Popular Prints of Victoria and Albert
- Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
- Searching for Shakespeare
Tell us more
Framed & unframed prints
Choose your favourite portrait from our Collection as a framed or unframed print for your home.