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Mary Wollstonecraft

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1796
6 3/8 in. x 4 3/8 in. (162 mm x 112 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (287 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D2787

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  • Thomas Bellamy (1745-1800), Writer; publisher of periodicals. Artist or producer associated with 19 portraits.
  • John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Artist or producer associated with 151 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • William Ridley (1764-1838), Stipple engraver. Artist or producer associated with 126 portraits.

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Current affairs

Birth of Princess Charlotte, only child of George, Prince of Wales and Princess Caroline whose marriage soon quickly and publicly degenerates.

Art and science

Fanny Burney publishes Camilla, one of several influential novels exploring social misunderstanding and the fashionable mode of sensibility.
Architect William Chambers completes the building of Somerset House.
Collector William Beckford, the richest man in England, begins construction of his gothic fantasy Fonthill Abbey.

International

Napoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the French armies in Italy and defeats the Austrians at Millesimo and the Piedmontese at Mondovi.
Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, arrives in India as a colonel.
John Adams is elected President of the United States, defeating Thomas Jefferson by three votes.

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