© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Edward Fisher, printed for Robert Sayer, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
14 in. x 10 in. (357 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 14 1/2 in. x 10 1/2 in. (369 mm x 267 mm) paper size
- Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), Writer and divine; author of 'Tristram Shandy'. Sitter in 16 portraits.
- Edward Fisher (1722-before 1782), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 91 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- Robert Sayer (1724 or 1725-1794), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 196 portraits.
Death of George II on 25 October at the age of 76. George III succeeds to the throne at the age of 22.
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German artist Johan Zoffany arrives in England, where he is instrumental in reviving the 'conversation piece' genre of painting. First public exhibition of paintings in England is held at the Society of Arts' Great Room in the Strand, London. The Public Ledger is founded; the oldest British periodical with continuous daily publication.
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