4 of 13 portraits of John Opie
by William Say, after John Opie
mezzotint, (circa 1798)
10 3/8in. x 7 7/8 in. (265 mm x 201 mm) plate size; 11 1/8 in. x 8 5/8 in. (283 mm x 220 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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- John Opie (1761-1807), Portrait and history painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist associated with 148 portraits.
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Events of 1798back to top
Current affairsTo meet war costs, William Pitt introduces a Finance Bill which levies income tax for the first time.
Art and scienceWilliam Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads; a key publication for the romantic movement in poetry. Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner opens the volume.
Publisher and printseller Rudolph Ackermann establishes his popular 'Repository of the Arts' shop, gallery, library and social centre on the Strand.
InternationalUprising of the United Irishmen: a republican rebellion which attempted to achieve Ireland's total independence by force with the aid of a French invasion. It was only narrowly defeated.
Battle of the Nile. Napoleon's visionary Egyptian campaign offers British first major victory as Nelson destroys the French fleet.