John ('Jack') Adams

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John ('Jack') Adams

after Hobbedeboody, published by James Caulfield
line engraving, published 1792
6 7/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (176 mm x 114 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D30392

Sitterback to top

  • John ('Jack') Adams (active 17th century), Professor of celestial Sciences. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistsback to top

  • James Caulfield (1764-1826), Writer and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 47 portraits.
  • Hobbedeboody (active 17th century), Painter and engraver. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • EEBO (Early English Books Online), p. Frontispiece
  • John ('Jack') Adams, Jack Adams, his perpetual almanack with astrological rules & instructions, directing to an exact knowledge of all future things till the morrow after doomsday..., 1662, p. Frontispiece

Events of 1792back to top

Current affairs

The famous seven year trial of Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal, on charges of embezzlement and murder, ends with his acquittal. Pro-Revolutionary philosopher Joseph Priestley's house is destroyed by a mob on the anniversary of the fall of the Bastille. Their actions are later seen as a key moment in the defeat of Enlightenment ideals in England.

Art and science

Mary Wollstonecraft publishes A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; a radical work which called on women to be allies to one another; fearless in their support and free in their criticism.
Sir Joshua Reynolds dies and is succeeded by Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy.


The mob invades the Tuileries and the French Royal Family is imprisoned marking the end of France's experiment with constitutional monarchy and the declaration of the first French Republic.
The Revolutionary Commune is established in Paris.
France declares war on Austria and then Prussia.

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