© National Portrait Gallery, London
Louise of Savoy, engraved as Katherine of Aragon
by John Goldar, after Hans Holbein the Younger Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, circa 1750-1795
9 in. x 6 3/4 in. (230 mm x 170 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Louise of Savoy (1476-1531), Mother of Francis I of France. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John Goldar (1729-1795), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 44 portraits.
- Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Artist associated with 314 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
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Art and science
Electrician and experimental philosopher John Canton reads a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets. Writer Samuel Johnson begins publishing his periodical The Rambler
. Artist Joshua Reynolds travels to Italy, where he remains until 1752. Establishment of the Jockey Club; a gentleman's club which took over the regulation of British horse racing.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach dies in Leipzig. He completes his Mass in B Minor, worked on over many years, shortly before his death.