by Charles Williams
hand-coloured etching, published for the proprietors of Town Talk 1 April 1812
10 5/8 in. x 17 5/8 in. (271 mm x 448 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Edward Dillon Lott du Cann, 2015
Sittersback to top
- John Bull (active 1712-present), Fictitious epitomist of Englishness and British imperialism. Sitter associated with 151 portraits. Identify
- Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt (1770-1844), Parliamentary reformer. Sitter associated with 135 portraits. Identify
- Suk Conway (active 1812), Courtesan. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
- Thomas Henry Coventry (1792-1869), Parson; third son of 7th Earl of Coventry. Sitter associated with 1 portrait. Identify
- King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 273 portraits. Identify
- Isabella Anne Seymour-Conway (née Ingram), Marchioness of Hertford (1760-1834), Courtier and mistress of King George IV; second wife of 2nd Marquess of Hertford. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
- Francis Seymour Conway, 2nd Marquess of Hertford (1743-1822), Politician; Chief Secretary for Ireland. Sitter associated with 4 portraits. Identify
- Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford (1777-1842), Courtier. Sitter associated with 8 portraits. Identify
- Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh) (1769-1822), Statesman. Sitter associated with 56 portraits. Identify
- Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister. Sitter in 20 portraits. Identify
- Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1757-1844), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 78 portraits. Identify
- Sir William Sidney Smith (1764-1840), Admiral. Sitter in 23 portraits. Identify
- Samuel Whitbread (1764-1815), Politician and brewer; son of brewer Samuel Whitbread. Sitter associated with 21 portraits. Identify
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1812back to top
Current affairsPrime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons by a bankrupt named John Bellingham. A new administration is formed under Lord Liverpool.
The Toleration Act is passed giving greater freedom of worship to dissenters in order to ensure their political loyalty.
Art and scienceActress Sarah Siddons retires from the London stage. Her final appearance is as Lady Macbeth, the role that made her famous, but the performance has to end after the sleepwalking scene because of the fervour of the audience.
Building of Regent's Canal begins under John Rennie.
InternationalUnited States declares war on Britain over grievances arising from British naval conduct in the French wars. American plan for attack on Canada fails and British troops under Sir Edward Pakenham force surrender of Detroit.
Wellington defeats French at Salamanca and enters Madrid.
Napoleon leads France in disastrous Russian campaign.
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