Descriptive Sketch of the Print of the Death of Gen: Sir Ralph Abercrombie

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Descriptive Sketch of the Print of the Death of Gen: Sir Ralph Abercrombie

published by John Peter Thompson, after Sir Robert Ker Porter
etching, published 1804
14 3/4 in. x 20 3/4 in. (374 mm x 528 mm) plate size; 16 in. x 22 in. (406 mm x 558 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1963
Reference Collection
NPG D13765

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  • Sir Robert Ker Porter (1777-1842), Painter and traveller. Artist or producer associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • John Peter Thompson (1792-1819), Engraver, printer and printseller. Artist or producer associated with 23 portraits.

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  • NPG D13764: The Death of Gen: Sir Ralph Abercrombie (source portrait)

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William Pitt returns to office and forms a second coalition administration, retaining many of those who had served under his predecessor Henry Addington but specifically excluding his arch rival Charles James Fox .

Art and science

William Blake starts writing Jerusalem. One of his most ambitious allegorical poems, it took nearly eight years to complete.
Amidst infighting about submissions to the annual exhibition, attempts are made to unseat painter Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy and elect architect James Wyatt instead.


Napoleon declares himself Emperor of France and is crowned as Napoleon I by Pope Pius VII in Paris.
Haiti achieves independence led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the patriot and martyr who had seized control from the French in 1801. He becomes a symbolic figure of freedom for the British anti-slavery movement.

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