17 of 39 portraits by James Ward
by James Ward, published by John Boydell, published by Josiah Boydell, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1 May 1800 (1790-1795)
19 7/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (504 mm x 383 mm) plate size; 20 7/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (530 mm x 402 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- William Markham (1719-1807), Archbishop of York; Headmaster of Westminster School. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- John Boydell (1720-1804), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 128 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Josiah Boydell (1752-1817), Artist and publisher. Artist associated with 66 portraits.
- George Romney (1734-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 162 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
- James Ward (1769-1859), Engraver and painter of animals. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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Events of 1800back to top
Current affairsWidespread food riots after poor harvests of 1798-9. Theorist, Thomas Malthus, controversially argues that poverty and food shortages are an inevitable consequence of population growth, challenging assumptions that populousness was a sign of national prosperity and power. His thesis contributed forcefully to the debate over the existing Poor Law.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth publishes his Preface to the Lyrical Ballads; a retrospective explanation of his experimental poems written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It becomes one of the best-known manifestos of Romantic literature.
InternationalLord Castlereagh, Chief Secretary for Ireland, is the main architect of the Act of Union under which Ireland is merged with Great Britain and the Irish parliament is abolished.
British troops support successful uprising by Maltese against the French.
Napoleon is victorious against Austrians at Marengo and reconquers Italy.