'The Pic-Nic orchestra'
7 of 9 portraits of Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
'The Pic-Nic orchestra'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 23 April 1802
10 in. x 14 in. (255 mm x 357 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. (270 mm x 373 mm) paper size
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- Albinia, Countess of Buckinghamshire (died 1816), Wife of 3rd Earl of Buckinghamshire. Sitter associated with 16 portraits. Identify
- George James Cholmondeley, 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley (1749-1827), Chamberlain to the Prince of Wales. Sitter associated with 16 portraits. Identify
- Henry Francis Greville (1760-1816), Lieutenant-Colonel, actor and founder of the Pic-Nic Society. Sitter associated with 4 portraits. Identify
- Richard Edgcumbe, 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1764-1839), Writer on opera. Sitter in 9 portraits. Identify
- Mary Amelia Cecil (née Hill), Marchioness of Salisbury (1750-1835), Political hostess and sportswoman. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
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Events of 1802back to top
Current affairsAfter returning from Naples, Nelson tours England with the diplomat and antiquarian Sir William Hamilton and his wife Emma, with whom he was having an affair. With Nelson's status confirmed as a national hero, their reception outrivals that of the King.
Extensive strikes in government shipyards led by John Gast.
Art and scienceFrancis Jeffrey, MP and arbiter of literary taste, co-founds the Edinburgh Review, the influential Whig quarterly which voiced strong criticism of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey.
The Exchange, where stocks were traded, is rebuilt to cope with an increase in business during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
InternationalPeace of Amiens; Britain finally agrees to unpopular peace, leaving France the chief power in Europe and returning recent British colonial acquisitions.
Napoleon is declared First Consul of the French Empire for life.
English flock to see the international war plunder now on display at the Louvre in Paris.
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