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'The most severe Battle ever seen ...' (Joseph ('Joe') Ward; William ('Bill') Ward; Tom Johnson (Thomas Jackling); Isaac Perrins; Perrins; Pickard)

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'The most severe Battle ever seen ...' (Joseph ('Joe') Ward; William ('Bill') Ward; Tom Johnson (Thomas Jackling); Isaac Perrins; Perrins; Pickard)

published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 24 October 1789
Primary Collection
NPG L269.A2.15

On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

Artistback to top

  • Samuel William Fores (baptised 1761-1838), Printseller and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 119 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • Tom Johnson (Thomas Jackling) (circa 1750-1797), Prize-fighter. Sitter in 14 portraits.
  • Isaac Perrins (1750 or 1757-1801), Boxer and mechanical engineer. Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • Perrins (active 1789), Brother of Isaac Perrins; associated with pugilism. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Pickard (active 1780s), Pugilist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Joseph ('Joe') Ward (active 1770-1814), Pugilist. Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
  • William ('Bill') Ward (active 1789-1792), Boxer; murderer. Sitter in 5 portraits.

Events of 1789back to top

Current affairs

George III recovers from the previous year's illness. The 'Regency Crisis' and attendant political wrangling between the Tory Prime Minister William Pitt and the pro-Whig Prince of Wales end. Dismissed as a 'bilious attack', George's sickness was in fact the first sign of the mental health problems which led to the Prince of Wales's appointment as Regent in 1811.

Art and science

John Boydell's ambitious new Shakespeare Gallery opens in Pall Mall, displaying works by Britain's leading artists and attempting to combine urban entertainment with the promotion of British history painting.
Philosopher Jeremy Bentham publishes An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, outlining his 'greatest happiness principle'.

International

George Washington is elected first President of the United States.
The French Revolution begins. The storming of the Bastille on the 14 July marks the overthrow of the absolute monarchy in France. The uprising followed the establishment of a governing National Assembly of the people's representatives.

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