Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

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Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'), by Edward Francisco Burney, circa 1784-1785 - NPG 2634 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney')

by Edward Francisco Burney
oil on canvas, circa 1784-1785
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1933
Primary Collection
NPG 2634


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  • Edward Francisco Burney (1760-1848), Artist and cousin of Frances d'Arblay ('Fanny Burney'). Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

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The daughter of Dr Charles Burney, Fanny Burney's first novel, Evelina, or the history of a young lady's entrance into the world (1778), astonished her friends and became a bestseller. In 1793 she married General D'Arblay, a French refugee. Her well-known Diary, documenting her friendships with Hester Thrale and Dr Johnson and her life at the court of George III was first published in the 1840s. This portrait was painted by her cousin Edward Francis Burney.

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Current affairs

Theatre proprietor and postal reformer John Palmer runs the first mail coach in England, between Bristol and London. A three day journey is now completed in 16 hours. Commutation Act reduces punitive duties on tea to combat smuggling.

Art and science

Aeronaut James Sadler makes the first hot air balloon flight in Britain, from Oxford to Woodeaton. Chemist Henry Cavendish's paper Experiments on Air reveals the composition of water. Writer Samuel Johnson dies. Joshua Reynolds succeeds Allan Ramsay as Painter to the King.

International

Thomas Jefferson's Land Ordinance passed by the United States' Continental Congress, coming into effect the following year. It allows for the sale of land in the largely unmapped west of the country. Britain receives its first bales of cotton from the United States since before the War of American Independence. William Pitt's India Act creates a Board of Control to oversee the affairs of the British East India Company and centralise power.

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