by William Say, published by James Anthony Molteno, after Isaac Pocock
mezzotint, published 18 May 1817
15 in. x 11 in. (381 mm x 279 mm) plate size; 15 3/4 in. x 11 3/4 in. (401 mm x 297 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Artistsback to top
- James Anthony Molteno (active 1817-1846), Publisher. Artist or producer associated with 12 portraits.
- Isaac Pocock (1782-1835), Playwright and painter. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.
- William Say (1768-1834), Mezzotint engraver. Artist or producer associated with 260 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1817back to top
Current affairsPrincess Charlotte, only daughter of George, Prince Regent and Caroline of Brunswick, dies in childbirth, prompting widespread mourning.
Seditious Meetings Bill drives democratic societies underground.
Rising depression and discontent; Prince Regent's coach attacked at state opening of Parliament.
Art and scienceJohn Keats begins to write his epic poem Endymion on the Isle of Wight; a rite of passage as a professional poet after deserting his medical career.
John Constable exhibits Flatford Mill, one of his most famous naturalistic landscape paintings, at the Royal Academy
John Rennie's new Waterloo Bridge opens.
InternationalJournalist William Cobbett flees to America fearing prosecution. Already imprisoned for two years for seditious libel he grew more vehemently pro-reform on his release and reduced the price of his weekly periodical the Political Register to expand its circulation and influence to all classes.
James Monroe is elected President of the United States.
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