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Sir John Hotham, 1st Bt

published by Silvester (Sylvester) Harding, after Unknown artist
etching, published 2 February 1802
10 3/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (263 mm x 206 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D26936

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  • Sir John Hotham, 1st Bt (1589-1645), Parliamentarian army officer and politician; MP for Beverley. Sitter in 8 portraits.

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After returning from Naples, Nelson tours England with the diplomat and antiquarian Sir William Hamilton and his wife Emma, with whom he was having an affair. With Nelson's status confirmed as a national hero, their reception outrivals that of the King.
Extensive strikes in government shipyards led by John Gast.

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Francis Jeffrey, MP and arbiter of literary taste, co-founds the Edinburgh Review, the influential Whig quarterly which voiced strong criticism of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey.
The Exchange, where stocks were traded, is rebuilt to cope with an increase in business during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.


Peace of Amiens; Britain finally agrees to unpopular peace, leaving France the chief power in Europe and returning recent British colonial acquisitions.
Napoleon is declared First Consul of the French Empire for life.
English flock to see the international war plunder now on display at the Louvre in Paris.

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Professor Emeritus Barbara English

24 November 2017, 17:24

An earlier and almost identical portrait of Sir John Hotham is in the Pepys LIbrary, Magdalene College, Cambridge. It is a drawing with touches of colour, anonymous and undated. The Pepys LIbrarian has told me that the volume of portraits, in which this is contained, was put together in its final form in 1700. There are slight differences from the 1802 portrait. A 17th-century print, closer to the Pepys watercolour than the NPG etching, is in the British Museum.