John Astley

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John Astley

after Unknown artist
etching, 19th century
9 5/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (243 mm x 190 mm) plate size; 17 3/4 in. x 12 3/8 in. (452 mm x 315 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D7417

Sitterback to top

  • John Astley (1724-1787), Portrait painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6577 portraits.

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Wlliam Pitt and Lord Castlereagh both resign over the King's refusal to permit the introduction of Catholic emancipation. Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth succeeds Pitt as Prime Minister.
Census records 9 million people living in England and Wales, 5.2 million in Ireland and 1.6 million in Scotland.

Art and science

Radical writer, Amelia Opie publishes her best known novel The Father and the Daughter. Said to have reduced Walter Scott to tears, it went on to enjoy success as an opera and a play.

International

Other members of the First Coalition fighting France with Britain agree to a humiliating peace treaty and Britain fights on alone.
A successful campaign is fought against the French army marooned in Egypt. General Sir Ralph Abercromby leads the troops but is killed in action.
Thomas Jefferson is elected President of the United States.

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