14 of 19 portraits by Joseph Wright
by James Ward, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, published 1807
13 3/4 in. x 9 1/8 in. (348 mm x 233 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'. Sitter associated with 7 portraits, Artist associated with 19 portraits.
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Current affairsAct is passed abolishing the British slave trade after vigorous campaigning by hundreds of thousands of people led by Thomas Clarkson and championed in parliament by reformer William Wilberforce.
Resignation of 'Ministry of all the Talents'. Whig politician William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, Duke of Portland, succeeds as Prime Minister.
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InternationalFrench invasion of Spain and Portugal.
Britain occupies Copenhagen and captures the Danish fleet.
Napoleon begins to wage an economic battle against Britain, recognising the impossibility of victory at sea because of Britain's superior naval power. He aims to close the entire European coastline to British trade.