6 of 8 portraits by Thomas Kearsley
by and published by Benjamin Smith, published by John Peter Thompson, after Thomas Kearsley
stipple engraving, published 2 November 1801
10 in. x 8 3/4 in. (255 mm x 224 mm) plate size; 11 in. x 9 in. (279 mm x 229 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (21 Judd Place, Great Newport Street, and 51 Dean Street, London)
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Current affairsWlliam Pitt and Lord Castlereagh both resign over the King's refusal to permit the introduction of Catholic emancipation. Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth succeeds Pitt as Prime Minister.
Census records 9 million people living in England and Wales, 5.2 million in Ireland and 1.6 million in Scotland.
Art and scienceRadical writer, Amelia Opie publishes her best known novel The Father and the Daughter. Said to have reduced Walter Scott to tears, it went on to enjoy success as an opera and a play.
InternationalOther members of the First Coalition fighting France with Britain agree to a humiliating peace treaty and Britain fights on alone.
A successful campaign is fought against the French army marooned in Egypt. General Sir Ralph Abercromby leads the troops but is killed in action.
Thomas Jefferson is elected President of the United States.
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