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Josiah Wedgwood

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Josiah Wedgwood

by and published by George Townley Stubbs, after George Stubbs
stipple engraving, published 10 February 1795
9 in. x 7 in. (230 mm x 178 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (270 mm x 214 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1913
Reference Collection
NPG D18969

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  • Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), Potter and industrialist. Sitter in 6 portraits.

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  • George Stubbs (1724-1806), Painter and anatomist. Artist or producer associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • George Townley Stubbs (1756-1815), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.

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Current affairs

George, Prince of Wales is forced to marry Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick, despite having secretly married Maria Fitzherbert in 1785.
Widespread rioting prompts the introduction of the Speenhamland system of welfare supplements which are linked to the price of bread.
Treasonable Practices Act is passed against open criticism of government.

Art and science

The MP Matthew Gregory 'Monk' Lewis publishes his notorious gothic novel The Monk to success and scandal because of its immoral content.
Mungo Park explores the course of the River Niger.


Wolfe Tone, founder of The Society of United Irishmen, departs for America after being implicated in high treason in Ireland. Exiled in Philadelphia, he soon leaves for France to ask revolutionaries for assistance.
Joseph Haydn composes the English Canzonettas during his second stay in London.

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