'Kings Bench Prison'
'Kings Bench Prison'
by Thomas Rowlandson, and by Auguste Charles Pugin, aquatinted by Joseph Constantine Stadler, published by Rudolph Ackermann
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1 December 1808
9 3/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (238 mm x 285 mm) plate size; 10 in. x 11 7/8 in. (253 mm x 303 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Artistsback to top
- Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), Publisher. Artist associated with 95 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Auguste Charles Pugin (1768 or 1769-1832), Artist and architectural draughtsman; father of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
- Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), Satirical draughtsman. Artist associated with 29 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
- Joseph Constantine Stadler (active 1780-1812). Artist associated with 6 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.
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