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Francis Hayman; Grosvenor Bedford

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Francis Hayman; Grosvenor Bedford, by Francis Hayman, circa 1748-1750 - NPG 217 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Francis Hayman; Grosvenor Bedford

by Francis Hayman
oil on canvas, circa 1748-1750
28 1/4 in. x 36 in. (718 mm x 914 mm)
Purchased, 1866
Primary Collection
NPG 217


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  • Grosvenor Bedford (1708-1771), Friend of Sir Robert Walpole. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Francis Hayman (1707 or 1708-1776), Painter. Sitter in 6 portraits, Artist associated with 13 portraits.

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  • Francis Hayman (1707 or 1708-1776), Painter. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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In this double portrait, Hayman shows himself with his palette while painting the portrait of one of his earliest and most constant patrons, Grosvenor Bedford who sits next to him. The chair that Hayman leans against appears in several other of his conversation paintings and is therefore believed to have been his own. 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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Current affairs

In his role as magistrate, Henry Fielding organises the forerunner of the Bow Street Runners, effectively London's first police force. Fire in the City of London causes over a million pounds worth of damage.

Art and science

Tobias Smollett publishes The Adventures of Roderick Random. Samuel Richardson publishes Clarissa; the longest novel in the English language. Philosopher David Hume publishes An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Physician John Fothergill's pamphlet Account of the Sore Throat attended with Ulcers contains the first description of diphtheria.

International

Ancient Roman city of Pompeii is rediscovered near Naples, further fuelling a resurgence of interest in the antique among British collectors such as the diplomat Sir William Hamilton. Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession. French writer Montesquieu anonymously publishes his influential treatise on political theory L'Esprit des Lois (The Spirit of the Laws).

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