2 of 2 portraits of Thomas Astle
by William Ridley, published by John Sewell
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1802
6 1/2 in. x 4 1/2 in. (166 mm x 115 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- Thomas Astle (1735-1803), Keeper of the Records, antiquary and palaeographer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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Current affairsAfter returning from Naples, Nelson tours England with the diplomat and antiquarian Sir William Hamilton and his wife Emma, with whom he was having an affair. With Nelson's status confirmed as a national hero, their reception outrivals that of the King.
Extensive strikes in government shipyards led by John Gast.
Art and scienceFrancis Jeffrey, MP and arbiter of literary taste, co-founds the Edinburgh Review, the influential Whig quarterly which voiced strong criticism of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey.
The Exchange, where stocks were traded, is rebuilt to cope with an increase in business during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
InternationalPeace of Amiens; Britain finally agrees to unpopular peace, leaving France the chief power in Europe and returning recent British colonial acquisitions.
Napoleon is declared First Consul of the French Empire for life.
English flock to see the international war plunder now on display at the Louvre in Paris.