1 of 4 portraits by Thomas Williamson
by Thomas Williamson, published by James Asperne, after John Raphael Smith
stipple engraving, published 1 July 1804
8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (202 mm x 118 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Artistsback to top
- James Asperne (1757-1820), Bookseller and proprietor of the 'European Magazine'. Artist or producer associated with 42 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Portrait painter, engraver and pastellist. Artist or producer associated with 186 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Thomas Williamson (active 1800-1832), Stipple engraver. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Bible, Crown and Constitution, Cornhill, London)
Events of 1804back to top
Current affairsWilliam Pitt returns to office and forms a second coalition administration, retaining many of those who had served under his predecessor Henry Addington but specifically excluding his arch rival Charles James Fox .
Art and scienceWilliam Blake starts writing Jerusalem. One of his most ambitious allegorical poems, it took nearly eight years to complete.
Amidst infighting about submissions to the annual exhibition, attempts are made to unseat painter Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy and elect architect James Wyatt instead.
InternationalNapoleon declares himself Emperor of France and is crowned as Napoleon I by Pope Pius VII in Paris.
Haiti achieves independence led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the patriot and martyr who had seized control from the French in 1801. He becomes a symbolic figure of freedom for the British anti-slavery movement.
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