by John Jones, published by Gainsborough Dupont, after Thomas Spence Duché
mezzotint, published 20 May 1794
15 in. x 10 3/4 in. (382 mm x 273 mm) plate size; 24 7/8 in. x 19 3/4 in. (633 mm x 502 mm) paper size
acquired The Elder Bretheren of Trinity House, 1913
Sitterback to top
- Charles Wildbore (died 1792), Secretary to The Trinity House light-house authority. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Grafton Street, Fitzroy Square, London)
Events of 1794back to top
Current affairsTreason Trials against John Horne Tooke, Thomas Hardy and John Thelwall take place amidst fears of domestic revolution. Their acquittal marks the most dramatic victory of the cause.
Leader of the Opposition, Charles James Fox's Libel Bill secures the landmark right of trial by jury for the accused.
Thomas Muir and the four other Scottish Martyrs who campaigned for parliamentary reform were transported to Australia for sedition.
Art and scienceEdward Jenner discovers the smallpox inoculation after realising that those who worked with cattle and caught cowpox developed immunity.
Drury Lane Theatre re-opens under the management of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In competition with the Covent Garden Theatre it featured a new pit and boxes designed by architect Henry Holland.
InternationalMaximilien Robespierre, member of the French dictatorial Committee of Public Safety is arrested and executed as part of a conspiracy by enemies who disliked his anti-extremist stance and zeal for social reform.
Campaign in the Low Countries under the Duke of York. Allies are defeated and French reoccupy Brussels. British troops retreat to Holland.
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