2 of 2 portraits of Richard Rawlinson
published by Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, published 20 January 1803
7 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. (192 mm x 138 mm) plate size; 17 1/8 in. x 11 in. (436 mm x 280 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Sitterback to top
- Richard Rawlinson (1690-1755), Topographer and bishop of the nonjuring Church of England. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Silvester Harding (1745-1809), Artist; publisher. Artist associated with 218 portraits.
Events of 1803back to top
Current affairsThe Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review.
Art and scienceErasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later.
Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.
InternationalWar with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.
United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.