3 of 5 portraits of Philip Thicknesse
by James Gillray, published by James Ridgway
etching, published 14 September 1790
5 7/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (148 mm x 95 mm) plate size; 6 1/2 in. x 4 3/8 in. (164 mm x 111 mm) paper size
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Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.