by Unknown artist
marble relief, after 1748
21 in. x 18 in. (533 mm x 457 mm) oval
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This portraitback to top
This posthumous tablet, with thrusting chin, seems to be based on the portrait by David Patoun. Its form and condition suggests that it was made for an outdoor setting. It is incised Scotland gave me birth / England a Grave / I Sung the Seasons.
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).
Linked publicationsback to top
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 277
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 614
Events of 1748back to top
Current affairsIn 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 scienceTobias 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.
InternationalAncient 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).
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 31 December
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
19 December, 12:30