5 of 8 portraits by John Eckstein
by William Ridley, published by James Asperne, after John Eckstein
stipple engraving, published 1 December 1803
6 3/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (163 mm x 113 mm) plate size; 7 1/2 in. x 5 5/8 in. (191 mm x 143 mm) paper size
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- James Asperne (1757-1820), Bookseller and proprietor of the 'European Magazine'. Artist associated with 42 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Eckstein (active 1787-died 1838), Artist; printmaker, painter and draughtsman. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
- William Ridley (1764-1838), Stipple engraver. Artist associated with 102 portraits.
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Current affairsThe 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.
Art and scienceErasmus 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.
InternationalWar 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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