'Overthrow of the Republican-Babel'
13 of 20 portraits of Spencer Perceval
'Overthrow of the Republican-Babel'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 1 May 1809
15 7/8 in. x 13 in. (402 mm x 329 mm) paper size
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Sittersback to top
- William Bosville (1745-1813), Bon vivant. Sitter in 10 portraits. Identify
- Richard Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Chandos (1776-1839), Statesman and print collector. Sitter associated with 41 portraits. Identify
- Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt (1770-1844), Parliamentary reformer. Sitter associated with 135 portraits. Identify
- George Canning (1770-1827), Prime Minister. Sitter associated with 62 portraits. Identify
- Mary Anne Clarke (née Thompson) (1776-1852), Mistress of the Duke of York. Sitter in 8 portraits. Identify
- William Cobbett (1763-1835), Journalist, agriculturalist and politician; MP for Oldham. Sitter associated with 57 portraits. Identify
- Charles Abbot, 1st Baron Colchester (1757-1829), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter associated with 10 portraits. Identify
- Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne (1780-1863), Whig politician; Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord President of the Council; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. Sitter associated with 77 portraits. Identify
- Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh) (1769-1822), Statesman. Sitter associated with 56 portraits. Identify
- Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), Prime Minister. Sitter in 20 portraits. Identify
- William Pleydell-Bouverie, 3rd Earl of Radnor (1779-1869), Whig politician; MP for Downtown and Salisbury. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- John Horne Tooke (1736-1812), Radical politician; MP and philologist. Sitter associated with 49 portraits. Identify
- Gwyllym Lloyd Wardle (circa 1761-1833), Soldier and politician. Sitter in 9 portraits. Identify
- Samuel Whitbread (1764-1815), Politician and brewer; son of brewer Samuel Whitbread. Sitter associated with 21 portraits. Identify
- Sir John Wishart Belsches (later Stuart), 3rd or 4th Bt (1752-1821), Politician; MP for Kincardineshire. Sitter associated with 2 portraits. Identify
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Events of 1809back to top
Current affairsDuke of Portland resigns as Prime Minister to be succeeded by Spencer Perceval.
Motion for parliamentary reform is defeated in the House of Commons.
Notorious duel between George Canning and Viscount Castlereagh over strategic failures against Napoleon.
Art and scienceMaria Edgeworth publishes Tales of Fashionable Life, a popular and perceptive series of stories exploring Anglo-Irish society after the Union.
Robert Smirke completes the New Covent Garden Theatre after fire. 'Old Price' theatre riots quickly break out against rising cost of admission.
Pall Mall in London is lit by gas for the first time.
InternationalBritish army lands in Lisbon and defeats the French at Talavera. Arthur Wellesley is created Viscount Wellington as a result of this victory.
Walcheren expedition led by General Chatham, which aimed to take Antwerp, fails amidst allegations of military corruption and carnage.
James Madison is elected President of the United States.
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