3 of 6 portraits of Mary Wollstonecraft
by James Heath, published by Daniel Isaac Eaton, after John Opie
stipple engraving, (circa 1797)
7 1/4 in. x 4 3/8 in. (183 mm x 110 mm) plate size; 12 1/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (307 mm x 222 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1908
Sitterback to top
- Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), Writer and feminist; mother of Mary Shelley; wife of William Godwin. Sitter in 6 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Daniel Isaac Eaton (circa 1753-1814), Radical writer and publisher. Artist associated with 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- James Heath (1757-1834), Engraver. Artist associated with 79 portraits, Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist associated with 148 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
Events of 1797back to top
Current affairsThe Anti-Jacobin periodical makes its debut followed by The Anti-Jacobin Review the year after. Edited by William Gifford, it acted as a Tory mouthpiece against the 'New Morality' associated with republicanism.
Bank crisis results in the temporary suspension of payments by the Bank of England leading to a nationwide currency shortage.
Art and scienceRobert Southey, later Poet Laureate, publishes his collected Poems, exploring contemporary interest in mythology and non-European cultures.
Ann Radcliffe publishes her popular gothic novel The Italian. One of the most imaginative novelists of the period, she helped introduce readers to the romantic sense of the supernatural.
InternationalBattle of Cape St Vincent. Admiral John Jervis leads the fleet which defeat the Spanish.
Failure of a small French invasion in Pembrokeshire.
Naval mutinies at Spithead and Nore.
Attack on the Canary Islands in which Rear-Admiral Nelson loses an arm.
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