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Benjamin La Trobe

1 of 3 portraits by John Astley

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Benjamin La Trobe

by William Bromley, published by John Stockdale, after John Astley
line engraving, published 20 June 1793
10 3/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (263 mm x 200 mm) paper size; 10 1/2 in. x 7 7/8 in. (266 mm x 201 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14488

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  • John Astley (1724-1787), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • William Bromley (1769-1842), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 42 portraits.
  • John Stockdale (circa 1749-1814), Publisher and bookseller. Artist or producer associated with 11 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

Whig MP Charles Grey enters a motion for parliamentary reform but is defeated in the House of Commons.

Art and science

Radical philosopher William Godwin publishes Political Justice, an inflamatory document that promoted rational anarchism. This crystallised a wider feeling that a new era of world peace and progress was beginning.
Sir William Beechey is appointed Portrait Painter to her Majesty, Queen Charlotte.


Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette are executed and the Reign of Terror begins.
France declares war on Britain, Holland and then Spain. William Pitt addresses the House of Commons and Britain hesitantly joins the first coalition of anti-revolutionary European states to oppose the French threat.
Attack on Corsica in which Captain Horatio Nelson loses an eye.

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