Sir George Ayscue

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Sir George Ayscue

by Robert Cooper, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
11 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (288 mm x 188 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D29933

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  • Robert Cooper (active 1795-died 1828), Historical and portrait engraver. Artist or producer associated with 195 portraits.
  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6577 portraits.

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Widespread 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.

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William 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.

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Lord 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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