3 of 12 portraits by Simon de Koster
by Thomas Gaugain, published by John Brydon, after Simon de Koster, after Thomas Banks
stipple engraving, published February 1798 (1790)
20 3/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (519 mm x 385 mm) plate size; 2 1/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (54 mm x 402 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Governor-General of India. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Thomas Banks (1735-1805), Sculptor. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- John Brydon (active 1783-1804), Printseller. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- Thomas Gaugain (1756?-1810?), Engraver and painter. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- Simon de Koster (1767-1831), Painter. Artist associated with 12 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Looking Glass and Print Warehouse, Charing Cross, London)
Events of 1798back to top
Current affairsTo meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume.
Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.
InternationalUprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated.
Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.