Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

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Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

attributed to John Giles Eccardt
oil on canvas, circa 1746
35 7/8 in. x 28 1/8 in. (911 mm x 714 mm)
Given by Mrs C.R. Fox, 1873
Primary Collection
NPG 383


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  • John Giles Eccardt (active 1740-died 1779), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 20 portraits.

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The son of John Hanbury, Charles Hanbury assumed the name of Williams in 1729. An MP and diplomat, he was appointed as envoy to the court of Dresden, (1747, 1751, 1754), to Berlin, (1750), to Vienna, (1753), and St Petersburg, (1755). A writer of satirical verses, he is depicted in this portrait holding a piece of paper on which is written 'An Ode to the Honourable Henry Fox'. The ode, published in 1746, referred unflatteringly to the marriage of the Duchess of Manchester to Edward Hussey. Williams took his own life in 1759. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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Jacobites are defeated by the Duke of Cumberland and his forces at the Battle of Culloden; the last battle to take place on British soil. Bonnie Prince Charlie escapes to France with the help of Flora MacDonald. His supporters the Earl of Kilmarnock and Lord Balmeniro are beheaded. Dress Act bans Tartan and Highland dress.

Art and science

Scottish physician William Hunter begins his public lectures on anatomy. Italian artist Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, arrives in England, where he remains until 1755. Quaker Minister and pharmacist William Cookworthy discovers kaolin or china clay in Cornwall and devises a way of making porcelain, which was previously imported from China.

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War of the Austrian Succession: French forces led by Joseph François Dupleix capture the British East India Company's fort at Madras. One of its defenders, Robert Clive, makes his name by escaping his French captors. Frederick II of Prussia begins building his summer palace of Sans Souci at Potsdam. His three victories in 1745 cause him to be known as Frederick the Great. Philip V of Spain dies and is succeeded by Ferdinand VI.

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Roland Ward

17 December 2015, 17:01

Sir Charles assumed the name Williams as a condition of his Godfather's will that gave him a bequest of around £70,000. His Godfather was Charles Williams of Caerleon in Monmouthshire, a trader and financier, who was living in Bow Street and buried in Westminster Abbey.

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