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Henry James Pye

2 of 4 portraits by Samuel James Arnold

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Henry James Pye

by John Barton Pym, after Samuel James Arnold
mezzotint, published 2 February 1801
14 7/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (377 mm x 274 mm) plate size; 18 1/4 in. x 14 in. (463 mm x 356 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D40776

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  • Samuel James Arnold (1774-1852), Playwright, theatre manager and artist. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.
  • John Barton Pym (circa 1775-1814), Mezzotint engraver; miniaturist; Lieutenant. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.

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Wlliam Pitt and Lord Castlereagh both resign over the King's refusal to permit the introduction of Catholic emancipation. Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth succeeds Pitt as Prime Minister.
Census records 9 million people living in England and Wales, 5.2 million in Ireland and 1.6 million in Scotland.

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Radical writer, Amelia Opie publishes her best known novel The Father and the Daughter. Said to have reduced Walter Scott to tears, it went on to enjoy success as an opera and a play.


Other members of the First Coalition fighting France with Britain agree to a humiliating peace treaty and Britain fights on alone.
A successful campaign is fought against the French army marooned in Egypt. General Sir Ralph Abercromby leads the troops but is killed in action.
Thomas Jefferson is elected President of the United States.

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