3 of 8 portraits of Richard Wilson
- Extended Catalogue Entry
after Anton Raphael Mengs
oil on canvas, mid 18th century, based on a work of 1752
23 1/2 in. x 19 1/4 in. (597 mm x 489 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Richard Wilson (1714-1782), Landscape painter. Sitter associated with 8 portraits, Artist associated with 6 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 489
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 668
Events of 1752back to top
Current affairsCalendar Act (also known as Chesterfield's Act after Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield) comes into force, abolishing the old Julian calendar and adopting the more accurate Gregorian calendar. The year now begins on 1st January rather than 25th March.
Parliament passes a bill to bestow estates forfeited by Jacobites to the Crown and use the revenue to develop the Scottish Highlands.
Art and scienceArtist William Hogarth publishes his influential book The Analysis of Beauty which presents his ideas about aesthetics.
Charles Avison publishes Essay on Musical Expression; the first work of musical criticism published in English.
Obstetrician William Smellie introduces scientific midwifery.
InternationalBenjamin Franklin flies a kite into a thunder cloud to demonstrate the nature of electricity.
Georgia becomes a royal colony; the last of the thirteen American colonies.
French seize or evict every English-speaking trader in the region of upper Ohio. Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia.
Robert Clive forces the surrender of French troops in the aftermath of the Siege of Trichinopoly in India.