William Yates

1 portrait by W. Allen

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William Yates

by William Ward, published by Colnaghi & Co, after W. Allen
mezzotint, published 1 March 1822
20 in. x 13 7/8 in. (507 mm x 354 mm) plate size; 24 1/2 in. x 16 5/8 in. (621 mm x 423 mm) paper size
Given by Messrs Thomas Agnew, 1932
Reference Collection
NPG D36242

Sitterback to top

  • William Yates (circa 1739-1813), Cotton spinner and printer. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • W. Allen (active circa 1822), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Colnaghi & Co (active 1809-1835), Publishers. Artist or producer associated with 101 portraits.
  • William Ward (1766-1826), Engraver; father of William James Ward. Artist or producer associated with 170 portraits.

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Current affairs

Lord Castlereagh (the Marquis of Londonderry) commits suicide after a blackmail campaign against him.
Tory cabinet joined by liberals George Canning and Robert Peel. Canning is appointed Foreign Secretary.

Art and science

John Nash completes the remodelling of the King's villa, the Brighton Pavilion and begins plans for the new layout of Regent Street and Regent's Park.
The Caledonian Canal opens to link eastern to western Scotland.
The Sunday Times is founded.


David Wilkie exhibits celebrated Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Academy to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. It proves so popular a rail has to be erected to protect it.
First major failure of the potato crop in Ireland. A large-scale public works programme is implemented to provide employment.

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04 October 2018, 04:05

I believe this is almost certainly a later print made of a portrait made during the life of William Yates Esq c1739-1813, chapman, cotton spinner and printer, who was a partner in the Lancashire firm of Haworth, Peel & Yates. His daughter Ellen Yates married Robert Peel, 1st Baronet. This William Yates's will says his "portrait taken by Mr Allen" is to go to his wife Ursula.

Therefore the note that he was active in 1822 is incorrect.