© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Russell, after Andrea Soldi Click on the links below to find out more
pastel, (circa 1760)
24 in. x 18 3/4 in. (610 mm x 476 mm) oval
- Joseph Kelway (circa 1702-1782), Organist and composer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Russell (1745-1806), Portrait painter and pastellist. Artist associated with 102 portraits, Sitter associated with 6 portraits.
- Andrea Soldi (circa 1703-1771), Painter. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
- NPG 4212: William Boyce (companion portrait)
Death of George II on 25 October at the age of 76. George III succeeds to the throne at the age of 22.
Art and science
German artist Johan Zoffany arrives in England, where he is instrumental in reviving the 'conversation piece' genre of painting. First public exhibition of paintings in England is held at the Society of Arts' Great Room in the Strand, London. The Public Ledger is founded; the oldest British periodical with continuous daily publication.
Seven Years' War: At the Battle of Carrickfergus in Ireland, a force of French troops captures the town of Carrickfergus before retiring. Surrender of Montreal to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst signals the virtual loss of Canada by the French. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Mir Jafar and replace him with Mir Quasim.Former Chief Tacky leads an unsuccessful slave rebellion in Jamaica, which aims to overthrow British rule.