Key to The Death of Sir Ralph Abercromby

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Key to The Death of Sir Ralph Abercromby

after Thomas Stothard
etching, 1805 or after
10 1/4 in. x 13 in. (260 mm x 330 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 15 3/8 in. (287 mm x 391 mm) paper size
Given by G.H.J. Nuttall, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D7544

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  • Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), Painter and illustrator. Artist or producer associated with 34 portraits, Sitter in 14 portraits.

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  • NPG D11101: The Death of General Sir Ralph Abercromby, K.B. (source portrait)

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Nelson's state funeral is held at St Paul's. An occasion for an outpouring of national grief and patriotism, the grand ceremony built on the cult of Nelson which had emerged in the years before his death.

Art and science

Mary Tighe publishes Pysche or the Legend of Love, a romantic allegory in the fashionable medieval revival style, admired by both Keats and Shelley.
The 'poems of Ossian' are officially declared a fake and a great literary scandal ends as Scottish poet James Macpherson is exposed as the forger of the third century bard's epic works.


Battle of Trafalgar. Napoleon's ultimate plan to invade England from Boulogne with 100,000 men is thwarted by superior British naval power. Nelson dies in the closing moments of battle having been wounded by a French sniper, but survives long enough to learn that a decisive victory has been won.

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