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'Lord W. Russel's last interview with his family'

1 of 12 portraits of Rachel Russell (née Wriothesley), Lady Russell

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'Lord W. Russel's last interview with his family'

by George Noble, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 5 October 1796
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D5858

Sittersback to top

Artistsback to top

  • Robert Bowyer (1758-1834), Miniature painter and publisher. Artist associated with 46 portraits.
  • George Noble (active 1795-1828), Engraver. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
  • Robert Smirke (1753-1845), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

Events of 1796back to top

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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