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Thomas Hardy

published by Allen & West, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 5 November 1794
Reference Collection
NPG D8548

Sitterback to top

  • Thomas Hardy (1752-1832), Radical and a founder of the London Corresponding Society. Sitter in 5 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Allen & West (active 1794-1798), Publisher. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.
  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6578 portraits.

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Current affairs

Treason Trials against John Horne Tooke, Thomas Hardy and John Thelwall take place amidst fears of domestic revolution. Their acquittal marks the most dramatic victory of the cause.
Leader of the Opposition, Charles James Fox's Libel Bill secures the landmark right of trial by jury for the accused.
Thomas Muir and the four other Scottish Martyrs who campaigned for parliamentary reform were transported to Australia for sedition.

Art and science

Edward Jenner discovers the smallpox inoculation after realising that those who worked with cattle and caught cowpox developed immunity.
Drury Lane Theatre re-opens under the management of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In competition with the Covent Garden Theatre it featured a new pit and boxes designed by architect Henry Holland.

International

Maximilien Robespierre, member of the French dictatorial Committee of Public Safety is arrested and executed as part of a conspiracy by enemies who disliked his anti-extremist stance and zeal for social reform.
Campaign in the Low Countries under the Duke of York. Allies are defeated and French reoccupy Brussels. British troops retreat to Holland.

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