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George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum'

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George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum', by William Holl Sr, after  John Russell, and by  E.W. Thomson, published by  Robert John Thornton, published 1 September 1803 - NPG D34342 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum'

by William Holl Sr, after John Russell, and by E.W. Thomson, published by Robert John Thornton
stipple engraving and etching, published 1 September 1803
18 3/4 in. x 12 7/8 in. (475 mm x 328 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1964
Reference Collection
NPG D34342

Sitterback to top

  • George Shaw (1751-1813), Natural historian. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • William Holl Sr (1771-1838), Engraver. Artist associated with 127 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist. Artist associated with 102 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
  • E.W. Thomson (active 1803). Artist associated with 2 portraits.
  • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), Physician, writer on botany and publisher. Artist associated with 48 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D40680: George Shaw with 'Back View of the British Museum' (from same plate)

Events of 1803back to top

Current affairs

The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review.

Art and science

Erasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later.
Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.

International

War with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.
United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.

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