Sarah Trimmer

Sarah Trimmer, by Henry Howard, exhibited 1798 - NPG 796 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sarah Trimmer

by Henry Howard
oil on canvas, exhibited 1798
35 1/2 in. x 27 in. (902 mm x 686 mm)
Purchased, 1888
Primary Collection
NPG 796

Sitterback to top

  • Sarah Trimmer (1741-1810), Evangelist and children's writer. Sitter in 4 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Henry Howard (1769-1847), Painter. Artist associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Sarah Trimmer wrote religious and children's books. This portrait by Henry Howard depicts her quill in hand and with her left arm resting symbolically on a copy of the Bible. She holds a pair of tortoiseshell glasses in her left hand. The portrait is thought to have been painted towards the end of the 1790s, a decade which had begun with the deaths of her young daughter, her teenage son, her father and then, suddenly, her husband.

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Current affairs

To meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.

Art and science

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume.
Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.

International

Uprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated.
Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.

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