by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Gainsborough Dupont
stipple engraving, 1790
20 1/8 in. x 14 7/8 in. (512 mm x 378 mm) plate size; 23 7/8 in. x 18 5/8 in. (607 mm x 473 mm) paper size
Given by Ernest E. Leggatt
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Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.
InternationalEdmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France. A landmark work of opposition to the Revolution which offered a critique of the radical philosophy behind events in France; the Reflections have been read as an articulation of the foundations of modern British conservatism. George Vancouver explores the north west coast of America.
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