1 of 2 portraits of Reverend Aaron
by George Vertue, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1744-1756
12 1/8 in. x 8 in. (308 mm x 202 mm) plate size; 13 5/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (346 mm x 237 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsJohn Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville resigns over criticism of his foreign policy. Henry Pelham and Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle form the 'Broad-Bottom Administration'. HMS Victory is wrecked on the Casquets in the Channel Islands with the loss of around 900 lives.
Art and sciencePhilosopher David Hume publishes his Essays Moral and Political.Poet Alexander Pope dies. First known Laws of cricket are drawn up by a group of noblemen and gentlemen who use the Artillery Ground in London.
InternationalNavigator George Anson returns home after sailing around the world.War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia marches on Prague, initiating the Second Silesian War. British fleet defeated by a Franco-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Toulon. Bad weather causes the French to abandon invasion of Britain with the Scottish pretender Charles Edward Stuart. The Quadruple Alliance of Britain, Austria, Saxony-Poland and the Netherlands is formed against Prussia.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
31 January, 12:30