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Plan of the River Thames with the Proposed Docks and Cut

1 portrait by Daniel Asher Alexander

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Plan of the River Thames with the Proposed Docks and Cut

by J. Cary, after Daniel Asher Alexander
line engraving, 1797 or after
Reference Collection
NPG D9026

Artistsback to top

  • Daniel Asher Alexander (1768-1846), Architect. Artist associated with 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • J. Cary (active 1797). Artist associated with 2 portraits.

This portraitback to top

The London Docks at Wapping, opened in 1805, were the nearest to the City. They were designed by Daniel Alexander, with John Rennie as engineer to the scheme. The proposed cut to Blackwall was not built as shown here.

Events of 1797back to top

Current affairs

The 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 science

Robert 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.

International

Battle 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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