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Hannah More

Hannah More, by Augustin Edouart, 1827 - NPG 4501 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hannah More

by Augustin Edouart
cut black paper with wash, 1827
8 3/4 in. x 11 in. (222 mm x 279 mm)
Purchased, 1966
Primary Collection
NPG 4501

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  • Hannah More (1745-1833), Religious writer. Sitter in 11 portraits.

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This silhouette shows More sitting at a table holding some papers with her inkstand and quill before her.

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  • Foister, Susan, Cardinal Newman 1801-90, 1990 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 20 May 1990), p. 20 Read entry

    Hannah More was one of the most widely read authors of the early nineteenth century, and a leading Evangelist. She was initially prominent as a playwright and friend of Dr Johnson and his circle, and later, after the death of the actor David Garrick, she turned to religious writing and the promotion of education. She wrote numerous religious tracts, as well as other popular works which went into numerous editions such as Practical Piety (1811) and Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1809).

    Although Newman had been brought up in a household strongly influenced by the Evangelical spirit exemplified by Hannah More, by the end of the 1830s he found her lack of interest in doctrine shocking, and cited the indifference to the creeds demonstrated in her Life and Letters, published in 1835 (Ian Ker, John Henry Newman: A Biography, Oxford, 1988, p 119); he thought this neglect of theology, particularly among the clergy, painful and likely to lead to a general defection to Unitarianism. Blanco White became a Unitarian in 1835; indeed Hannah More had herself been accused of Unitarian tendencies.

  • Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 347
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 440
  • Uglow, Jenny, Character Sketches: Dr Johnson, His Club and Other Friends, 1998, p. 59

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Current affairs

Lord Liverpool suffers a stroke and is forced to resign as Prime Minister. George Canning succeeds him only to die after four months in office.

Art and science

University College London, the first metropolitan university in England, is founded specifically to educate dissenters excluded from Oxford and Cambridge. Whig politician Henry Brougham, writer Thomas Campbell and financier and philanthropist Isaac Goldsmid are its principal patrons.

International

Britain, France and Russia sign a treaty in London agreeing to intervene in the Greek War of Independence. Allied troops under General Edward Codrington subsequently destroy Turkish and Egyptian fleets at the Battle of Navarino.
Western Australia is explored for the first time by Captain Stirling.

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