7 of 9 portraits of Samuel Lysons
by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1 June 1804 (circa 1798-1799)
12 1/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (309 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 14 1/2 in. x 12 3/4 in. (368 mm x 323 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1960
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Current affairsWilliam Pitt returns to office and forms a second coalition administration, retaining many of those who had served under his predecessor Henry Addington but specifically excluding his arch rival Charles James Fox .
Art and scienceWilliam Blake starts writing Jerusalem. One of his most ambitious allegorical poems, it took nearly eight years to complete.
Amidst infighting about submissions to the annual exhibition, attempts are made to unseat painter Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy and elect architect James Wyatt instead.
InternationalNapoleon declares himself Emperor of France and is crowned as Napoleon I by Pope Pius VII in Paris.
Haiti achieves independence led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the patriot and martyr who had seized control from the French in 1801. He becomes a symbolic figure of freedom for the British anti-slavery movement.
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