© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Hans Sloane, Bt
by Stephen Slaughter Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1736
49 1/2 in. x 39 3/4 in. (1257 mm x 1010 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
In this portrait, Sloane holds a drawing of a Jamaican plant from his book on the West Indies. 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).
Frederick, Prince of Wales marries Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.Porteous Riots in Edinburgh after the execution of smuggler Andrew Wilson. Captain John Porteous orders his men to fire into the mob, causing six deaths. He is found guilty of murder, dragged from his cell, beaten and hung to death by a mob.Repeal of laws against witchcraft.Gin Act attempts to curtail consumption of gin.
Art and science
Posthumous publication of Isaac Newton's Method of Fluxions
, describing his method of differential calculus. One of the earliest recorded uses of a Bathing Machine at Scarborough.
Methodist preachers John and Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia.Stanislaus I of Poland abdicates the throne.Swiss mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler produces the first published proof of Fermat's little theorem concerning prime numbers.Charles Marie de La Condamine and François Fresneau Gataudière make the first scientific observations of rubber in Ecuador.