Maria Linley

Maria Linley, by Thomas Ryder, published by  S. Watts, after  Richard Westall, published 1785 - NPG D19287 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maria Linley

by Thomas Ryder, published by S. Watts, after Richard Westall
stipple engraving, published 1785
7 1/4 in. x 4 7/8 in. (185 mm x 123 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19287

Sitterback to top

Artistsback to top

  • Thomas Ryder (1746-1810). Artist associated with 10 portraits.
  • S. Watts (active 1783-1789), Publisher. Artist associated with 8 portraits.
  • Richard Westall (1765-1836), History painter. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

Events of 1785back to top

Current affairs

George Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.
Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.

Art and science

William Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task.
James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson.
Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.

International

Warren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India.
French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington.
British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.

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