2 of 2 portraits of Robert Adam
published by William Richardson
etching, published 1 March 1808
6 1/8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (157 mm x 109 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Artistback to top
- William Richardson (active 1777-1814), Bookseller, printseller and auctioneer. Artist associated with 396 portraits.
Events of 1808back to top
Current affairsThe 'Mary Anne Clarke affair' erupts in which Clarke, mistress of Frederick, Duke of York, was said to have used her influence with him to run a military promotions racket. Championed by radical government opponents, it ends in the Duke's resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the army.
Art and scienceSculptor John Flaxman begins Nelson memorial for St Paul's.
Richard Trevithick demonstrates model railway travelling at 12 mph.
InternationalAfter taking Portugal, Napoleon invades Spain, deposes the Spanish Bourbon monarchy and appoints his brother Joseph as the new King. The
Peninsular War then begins under Sir John Moore and Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, aiming to protect Portugal and exploit Iberian hatred of French tyranny.