by Charles Howard Hodges, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1789
19 7/8 in. x 13 7/8 in. (505 mm x 352 mm) plate size; 20 1/2 in. x 14 1/2 in. (521 mm x 369 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- James Adair (died 1798), Recorder of London, Chief Justice of Chester, politician and King's Sergeant. Sitter in 3 portraits.
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Current affairsGeorge 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 scienceJohn 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'.
InternationalGeorge 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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