'Commemoration of the 11th October 1797'

'Commemoration of the 11th October 1797', by George Noble, and by  James Parker, published by  Robert Bowyer, and published by  John Edwards, after  Robert Smirke, after  John Smart, published 1803 - NPG D17018 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Commemoration of the 11th October 1797'

by George Noble, and by James Parker, published by Robert Bowyer, and published by John Edwards, after Robert Smirke, after John Smart
line engraving, published 1803
28 7/8 in. x 19 in. (732 mm x 483 mm) plate size
Reference Collection
NPG D17018

Artistsback to top

  • Robert Bowyer (1758-1834), Miniature painter and publisher. Artist associated with 46 portraits.
  • John Edwards (active 1803). Artist associated with 2 portraits.
  • George Noble (active 1795-1828), Engraver. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
  • James Parker (1750-1805). Artist associated with 17 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • John Smart (1741-1811), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 20 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Robert Smirke (1753-1845), Painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.

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Related worksback to top

  • NPG D15178: 'Commemoration of the 11th October 1797' (from same plate)
  • NPG D17019: Victors of the Nile (bound together)
  • NPG D17016: 'Commemoration of the victory of June 1st 1794' (bound together)
  • NPG D17017: Commemoration of the 14th February 1797 (bound together)

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Current affairs

The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review.

Art and science

Erasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later.
Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.


War with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.
United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.

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