Sir Brook Watson, 1st Bt

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Sir Brook Watson, 1st Bt

by and published by Robert Dighton Jr
hand-coloured etching, published August 1803
10 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (257 mm x 154 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (372 mm x 250 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D4645

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  • Robert Dighton Jr (1786-1865), Etcher. Artist or producer associated with 41 portraits.

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  • NPG D10764: Sir Brook Watson, 1st Bt (from same plate)
  • NPG D19103: Sir Brook Watson, 1st Bt (from same plate)
  • NPG D13482: Sir Brook Watson, 1st Bt (from same plate)

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The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review.

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Erasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later.
Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.


War with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.
United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.

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