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'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle'

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'Titianus Redivivus; - or - the seven-wise-men consulting the new Venetian oracle'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 2 November 1797
21 3/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. (551 mm x 425 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1947
Reference Collection
NPG D13085

Artistsback to top

  • James Gillray (1756-1815), Caricaturist. Artist or producer associated with 883 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • Hannah Humphrey (circa 1745-1818), Publisher and printseller. Artist or producer associated with 719 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Sir George Howland Beaumont, 7th Bt (1753-1827), Art patron, connoisseur and landscape painter. Sitter associated with 12 portraits. Identify
  • John Boydell (1720-1804), Engraver and printseller. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 128 portraits. Identify
  • Joseph Farington (1747-1821), Landscape painter and diarist. Sitter in 6 portraits. Identify
  • John Hoppner (1758-1810), Painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 213 portraits. Identify
  • Sir Abraham Hume, 2nd Bt (1749-1838), Art collector, rose cultivator and Conservative politician; MP for Petersfield and Hastings. Sitter in 9 portraits. Identify
  • Edmond Malone (1741-1812), Critic and editor of Shakespeare. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
  • John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 148 portraits. Identify
  • Ann Jemima Provis, Miniature painter. Sitter in 1 portrait. Identify
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 39 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 1415 portraits. Identify
  • John Francis Rigaud (1742-1810), Painter. Sitter in 5 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 8 portraits. Identify
  • Robert Smirke (1753-1845), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 8 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 23 portraits. Identify
  • Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), Painter and illustrator. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 34 portraits. Identify
  • Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 43 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 39 portraits. Identify
  • Richard Westall (1765-1836), History painter. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 13 portraits. Identify

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Events of 1797back to top

Current affairs

The Anti-Jacobin periodical makes its debut followed by The Anti-Jacobin Review the year after. Edited by William Gifford, it acted as a Tory mouthpiece against the 'New Morality' associated with republicanism.
Bank crisis results in the temporary suspension of payments by the Bank of England leading to a nationwide currency shortage.

Art and science

Robert Southey, later Poet Laureate, publishes his collected Poems, exploring contemporary interest in mythology and non-European cultures.
Ann Radcliffe publishes her popular gothic novel The Italian. One of the most imaginative novelists of the period, she helped introduce readers to the romantic sense of the supernatural.


Battle of Cape St Vincent. Admiral John Jervis leads the fleet which defeat the Spanish.
Failure of a small French invasion in Pembrokeshire.
Naval mutinies at Spithead and Nore.
Attack on the Canary Islands in which Rear-Admiral Nelson loses an arm.

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