William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare

by Robert Cooper, after a painting attributed to John Taylor
stipple engraving, 1864 or before (circa 1610)
15 3/4 in. x 12 1/2 in. (401 mm x 318 mm) plate size; 23 1/2 in. x 17 3/8 in. (598 mm x 441 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1864
Reference Collection
NPG D40742

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Artistsback to top

  • Robert Cooper (active 1795-died 1828), Historical and portrait engraver. Artist or producer associated with 195 portraits.
  • John Taylor (died 1651), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 13 portraits.

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  • NPG 1: William Shakespeare (source portrait)

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Current affairs

George, Prince of Wales is forced to marry Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick, despite having secretly married Maria Fitzherbert in 1785.
Widespread rioting prompts the introduction of the Speenhamland system of welfare supplements which are linked to the price of bread.
Treasonable Practices Act is passed against open criticism of government.

Art and science

The MP Matthew Gregory 'Monk' Lewis publishes his notorious gothic novel The Monk to success and scandal because of its immoral content.
Mungo Park explores the course of the River Niger.

International

Wolfe Tone, founder of The Society of United Irishmen, departs for America after being implicated in high treason in Ireland. Exiled in Philadelphia, he soon leaves for France to ask revolutionaries for assistance.
Joseph Haydn composes the English Canzonettas during his second stay in London.

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