5 of 7 portraits of William Cowper
by Henry Meyer, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after Lemuel Francis Abbott
stipple engraving, published 11 June 1816
15 in. x 12 7/8 in. (380 mm x 328 mm) plate size; 15 3/4 in. x 13 5/8 in. (400 mm x 345 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Artistsback to top
- Lemuel Francis Abbott (circa 1760-1802), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 77 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- T. Cadell & W. Davies (active 1795-1817), Publishers. Artist associated with 235 portraits.
- Henry Meyer (1782?-1847), Portrait painter and engraver. Artist associated with 279 portraits.
Events of 1816back to top
Current affairsMarriage 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 scienceJane Austen publishes Emma.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal completed.
InternationalBritish 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.