1 portrait of Thomas Cheesman
by Thomas Cheesman, published by Clement Chapple, after Samuel De Wilde
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1807
5 3/4 in. x 4 1/8 in. (146 mm x 105 mm)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsAct is passed abolishing the British slave trade after vigorous campaigning by hundreds of thousands of people led by Thomas Clarkson and championed in parliament by reformer William Wilberforce.
Resignation of 'Ministry of all the Talents'. Whig politician William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, Duke of Portland, succeeds as Prime Minister.
Art and scienceThomas Hope publishes Household Furniture and Interior Decoration; influential in promoting Greek and especially Egyptian models as the epitome of fashionable style.
InternationalFrench invasion of Spain and Portugal.
Britain occupies Copenhagen and captures the Danish fleet.
Napoleon begins to wage an economic battle against Britain, recognising the impossibility of victory at sea because of Britain's superior naval power. He aims to close the entire European coastline to British trade.