43 of 43 portraits of Benjamin West
by Charles Theodosius Heath, published by William Johnstone White, after Sir William John Newton
line engraving, published 12 December 1817
14 7/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. (377 mm x 293 mm) plate size; 17 1/8 in. x 12 5/8 in. (434 mm x 321 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Sitterback to top
- Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 43 portraits, Artist associated with 39 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Charles Theodosius Heath (1785-1848), Landscape and figure engraver. Artist associated with 20 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir William John Newton (1785-1869), Artist. Artist associated with 25 portraits.
- William Johnstone White (circa 1780-1844), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 19 portraits.
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.