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William Windham

2 of 3 portraits by John Alais

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William Windham

by John Alais, published by William Cribb, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 27 June 1816 (1803)
12 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (310 mm x 260 mm) plate size; 12 5/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (320 mm x 269 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14192

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  • William Windham (1750-1810), Politician; Secretary at War. Sitter associated with 52 portraits.

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  • John Alais (born circa 1775), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.
  • William Cribb (circa 1789-1870), Carver and gilder; picture dealer; print dealer and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 29 portraits.
  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist or producer associated with 698 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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Current affairs

Marriage of Princess Charlotte to Leopold I.
Income Tax abolished.
Unsuccessful Spa Fields Riot led by the ultra-radical Arthur Thistlewood which aimed to attack the Tower of London and the Bank of England and set up a ruling 'Committee of Public Safety' following the French model.

Art and science

Jane Austen publishes Emma.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal completed.


British Government buys the Elgin Marbles, taken from the Acropolis in Athens by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, and brought to England between 1803 and 1812. Their acquisition prompts support from Thomas Lawrence and Benjamin Robert Haydon and condemnation from Lord Byron.
Slave rebellion fails in Barbados; four hundred slaves are executed.

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David Alexander

22 February 2019, 12:03

The engraver of Windham D14192 id 'J. Alais', i,e. John Alais, born c.1778, not William John Alais, a much later engraver.