17 of 45 portraits matching these criteria:
- set matching 'Speakers of the House of Commons by Athow'
attributed to Thomas Athow, after Unknown artist
watercolour, early 19th century
12 3/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (314 mm x 217 mm)
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- Paul Foley (1644 or 1645-1699), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
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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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