by Edward Scriven, published by and after Joseph Slater
stipple engraving, published 10 April 1816
15 in. x 11 7/8 in. (380 mm x 303 mm) plate size; 16 5/8 in. x 13 1/2 in. (423 mm x 343 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1956
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- William Wilberforce (1759-1833), Philanthropist and reformer. Sitter associated with 33 portraits.
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Events of 1816back to top
Current affairsMarriage of Princess Charlotte to Leopold I.
Income Tax abolished.
Unsuccessful Spa Fields Riot led by the ultra-radical Arthur Thistlewood which aimed to attack the Tower of London and the Bank of England and set up a ruling 'Committee of Public Safety' following the French model.
Art and scienceJane Austen publishes Emma.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal completed.
InternationalBritish Government buys the Elgin Marbles, taken from the Acropolis in Athens by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, and brought to England between 1803 and 1812. Their acquisition prompts support from Thomas Lawrence and Benjamin Robert Haydon and condemnation from Lord Byron.
Slave rebellion fails in Barbados; four hundred slaves are executed.