1 of 2 portraits of Muzio Clementi
published by William Richardson
line engraving, published 1 January 1803
7 1/2 in. x 5 5/8 in. (190 mm x 144 mm) plate size; 8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (203 mm x 156 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 1803back to top
Current affairsThe Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review.
Art and scienceErasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later.
Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.
InternationalWar with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.
United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.