3 of 4 portraits by Ralph Smith Kirby
by John Scott, published by Ralph Smith Kirby, published by John Scott, after Sir William Ouseley
stipple engraving, published 30 April 1804
8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (204 mm x 131 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Sitterback to top
- Mother Shipton (supposed active 1530), Supposed witch and prophetess. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Ralph Smith Kirby (active 1799-1846), Bookseller. Artist associated with 4 portraits.
- Sir William Ouseley (1767-1842), Orientalist. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
- John Scott (1774-1827), Engraver. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- John Scott (active 1799-1808), Publisher. Artist associated with 61 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (London House Yard, London; 447 Strand, London)
Events of 1804back to top
Current affairsWilliam Pitt returns to office and forms a second coalition administration, retaining many of those who had served under his predecessor Henry Addington but specifically excluding his arch rival Charles James Fox .
Art and scienceWilliam Blake starts writing Jerusalem. One of his most ambitious allegorical poems, it took nearly eight years to complete.
Amidst infighting about submissions to the annual exhibition, attempts are made to unseat painter Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy and elect architect James Wyatt instead.
InternationalNapoleon declares himself Emperor of France and is crowned as Napoleon I by Pope Pius VII in Paris.
Haiti achieves independence led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the patriot and martyr who had seized control from the French in 1801. He becomes a symbolic figure of freedom for the British anti-slavery movement.
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