Matthew Boulton

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Matthew Boulton

by and published by William Sharp, after Sir William Beechey
line engraving, published 1801
20 in. x 15 1/2 in. (507 mm x 393 mm) plate size; 22 1/8 in. x 18 in. (561 x 458 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D13736

Sitterback to top

  • Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), Industrialist and entrepreneur. Sitter in 14 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Sir William Beechey (1753-1839), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 252 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
  • William Sharp (1749-1824), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Current affairs

Wlliam Pitt and Lord Castlereagh both resign over the King's refusal to permit the introduction of Catholic emancipation. Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth succeeds Pitt as Prime Minister.
Census records 9 million people living in England and Wales, 5.2 million in Ireland and 1.6 million in Scotland.

Art and science

Radical writer, Amelia Opie publishes her best known novel The Father and the Daughter. Said to have reduced Walter Scott to tears, it went on to enjoy success as an opera and a play.

International

Other members of the First Coalition fighting France with Britain agree to a humiliating peace treaty and Britain fights on alone.
A successful campaign is fought against the French army marooned in Egypt. General Sir Ralph Abercromby leads the troops but is killed in action.
Thomas Jefferson is elected President of the United States.

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