© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir James Thornhill
after Jonathan Richardson Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1734)
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
- Sir James Thornhill (1675 or 1676-1734), Father-in-law of William Hogarth, decorative painter and politician; MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. Sitter associated with 14 portraits, Artist associated with 23 portraits.
- Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 124 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
Bank of England moves to its present building in Threadneedle Street, London, designed by the architect John Soane. Engravers' Copyright Act, known as 'Hogarth's Act' is passed to prevent the piracy of prints. Prime Minister Robert Walpole wins his third General Election victory.
Art and science
Artist James Thornhill dies.William Hogarth completes A Rake's Progress
series of paintings. . Society of Dilettanti is founded in London; a group of noblemen and scholars who had been on the Grand Tour and aim to promote the study of ancient Greek and Roman art. Oriental scholar George Sale translates the Qu'ran into English for the first time.
French, Sardinian and Spanish troops defeat Austrians throughout Italy. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI declares war on France. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Christmas Oratorio