Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

1 portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, after Hans Holbein the Younger, possibly 1748 - NPG D24210 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, possibly 1748
6 3/4 in. x 4 1/8 in. (173 mm x 105 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D24210

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  • Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Artist associated with 314 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.

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In his role as magistrate, Henry Fielding organises the forerunner of the Bow Street Runners, effectively London's first police force. Fire in the City of London causes over a million pounds worth of damage.

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Tobias Smollett publishes The Adventures of Roderick Random. Samuel Richardson publishes Clarissa; the longest novel in the English language. Philosopher David Hume publishes An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Physician John Fothergill's pamphlet Account of the Sore Throat attended with Ulcers contains the first description of diphtheria.


Ancient Roman city of Pompeii is rediscovered near Naples, further fuelling a resurgence of interest in the antique among British collectors such as the diplomat Sir William Hamilton. Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession. French writer Montesquieu anonymously publishes his influential treatise on political theory L'Esprit des Lois (The Spirit of the Laws).

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