John Horne Tooke
John Horne Tooke
by John Raphael Smith
pastel, exhibited 1811
26 in. x 18 7/8 in. (660 mm x 479 mm)
Sitterback to top
- John Horne Tooke (1736-1812), Radical politician; MP and philologist. Sitter associated with 49 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Portrait painter, engraver and pastellist. Artist associated with 186 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
One of a series of pastels of political radicals, this drawing shows Horne Tooke on a sofa wearing a night cap beneath a tent-like canopy topped by the eagle of Zeus and a bust of Athene on the wall beyond. At his feet is the third volume of his The Diversions of Purley (the first two volumes were published in 1786 and 1805) indicating his expertise in the study of languages.
Events of 1811back to top
Current affairsGeorge III's insanity is finally publicly admitted amidst arguments in Parliament over the credibility of his doctors. George, Prince of Wales is appointed Regent despite doubts over his capacity to rule effectively. This prompts the Prince's final split with the Catholic Mrs Fitzherbert, his clandestine wife
Art and scienceJohn Loudon McAdam presents his new road surfacing technique to Parliament.
Jane Austen publishes Sense and Sensibility.
Sculptor Francis Leggatt Chantrey exhibits at the Royal Academy for the first time with a celebrated bust of the radical John Horne Tooke.
InternationalBattle of Albuera; British invade French-held Badajoz in Spain under William Carr Beresford and are victorious over Marshal Soult.
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