by Raphael Morghen, after Stefano Tofanelli
line engraving, circa 1804-1833
15 1/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (384 mm x 289 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821), Emperor of France 1804-14. Sitter associated with 91 portraits.
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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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