© National Portrait Gallery, London
James Smith Stanley, Lord Strange
by William Derby, after Thomas Hudson Click on the links below to find out more
watercolour and pencil, (circa 1749)
8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (203 mm x 159 mm)
- William Derby (1786-1847), Watercolour and miniature painter. Artist associated with 133 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist associated with 181 portraits.
Royal Fireworks in Green Park to celebrate the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle. 10,000 rockets are let off at a cost of £8,000. Composer George Frideric Handel's accompanying Music for the Royal Fireworks
is performed for the first time.George II is introduced to William Ansah Sessarakoo the 'Prince of Annamaboe'. The son of a wealthy chief from the West African Gold Coast, he had been taken prisoner and made a slave in the West Indies.
Art and science
Horace Walpole buys the house and grounds which he will transform into his neo-Gothic fantasy, Strawberry Hill, in Twickenham, London.Henry Fielding publishes his comic novel Tom Jones
. John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure)
is published. The author is released from debtor's prison but arrested again later in the year and charged with corrupting the King's subjects.
George II grants a charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio valley in the American colonies. British settlement of Halifax, Nova Scotia is founded.Sugar planters found Port-au-Prince, Haiti.