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'A representation of the famous battle at Smith in the Bottom, near Croydon ...'

by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 10th June 1788
Primary Collection
NPG L269.A4.01

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

Artistsback to top

  • Samuel William Fores (baptised 1761-1838), Printseller and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 119 portraits.
  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist or producer associated with 887 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • Dunn (active 1788), Associated with pugilism; acted as bottle holder to Thomas Futrell. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Thomas Futrell (active 1788), Prize-fighter. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • King George IV (1762-1830), Regent 1811-19; Reigned 1820-30. Sitter associated with 274 portraits.
  • Richard Humphries (Humphreys) (circa 1760-1827), Prize-fighter. Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • John Jackson (1769-1845), Pugilist. Sitter associated with 8 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Tom Johnson (Thomas Jackling) (circa 1750-1797), Prize-fighter. Sitter in 14 portraits.
  • Mr Smith (active 1788), Associated with pugilism; acted as umpire in 1788. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Joseph ('Joe') Ward (active 1770-1814), Pugilist. Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
  • Colonel Wyndham (active 1788), Associated with pugilism; acted as umpire in 1788. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Events of 1788back to top

Current affairs

Parliament begins an investigation into the slave trade, led by reformers Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce.
Regency Crisis; George III's madness is announced provoking a political storm.
Former Governor-General of Bengal Warren Hastings' trial begins before the House of Lords.
Henry Benedict Stuart becomes the new Stuart claimant to the British throne.

Art and science

Artist Thomas Gainsborough dies.
First edition of The Times newspaper is published in London.
Scottish engineer and inventor William Symington demonstrates the first paddle steamer on Dalswinton Loch near Dumfries.
Robert Burns writes his version of the Scots poem Auld Lang Syne.

International

Ministers of the French King, Louis XVI, reluctantly announce that the Estates General will meet the following year, for the first time since 1614.
United States constitution comes into force when New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it.
First Fleet reaches Australia, anchoring in Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip, selecting a suitable site for the first Australian penal colony, names the place Sydney Cove.

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