Sarah Booth

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Sarah Booth

by Robert Hancock
stipple, circa 1808-1817
Primary Collection
NPG L269.B7.04

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

Sitterback to top

  • Sarah Booth (1793-1867), Actress. Sitter in 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Robert Hancock (1730-1817), Printmaker, painter and draughtsman. Artist or producer associated with 15 portraits.

Events of 1808back to top

Current affairs

The 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.

Art and science

Sculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's.
Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.

International

After taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The
Peninsular War then begins under Sir John Moore and Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, aiming to protect Portugal and exploit Iberian hatred of French tyranny.

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