8 of 36 portraits on display in Room 14: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
by John Smart
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1776
1 1/2 in. x 1 1/4 in. (38 mm x 32 mm) oval
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Artistback to top
- John Smart (1741-1811), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 20 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 75
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 84
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 77
Events of 1776back to top
Current affairsTahitian visitor to London Omai returns home with Captain James Cook on his third voyage. During his two-year stay he inspired a play and was painted by Joshua Reynolds.
Member of Parliament David Hartley unsuccessfully introduces a motion to the House of Commons calling for the abolition of the slave trade.
Art and scienceEdward Gibbon produces the first volume of his monumental The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Artist John Constable is born.
Scottish economist Adam Smith analyses the nature and causes of prosperity in his magnum opus The Wealth of Nations.