1 portrait of John Whitelocke
by James Hopwood Sr, published by Henry Delahoy Symonds, after Edward Hastings
stipple engraving, published 31 March 1808
7 in. x 4 1/2 in. (178 mm x 114 mm) plate size; 8 1/4 in. x 5 1/2 in. (210 mm x 140 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
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Current affairsThe 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.
Art and scienceSculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's.
Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.
InternationalAfter taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The
Peninsular War then begins under Sir John Moore and Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, aiming to protect Portugal and exploit Iberian hatred of French tyranny.
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