© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Nicholas Bacon
by Jacobus Houbraken, after Federico Zuccaro Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1738
14 3/8 in. x 8 5/8 in. (366 mm x 220 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. Sitter associated with 14 portraits.
- Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 435 portraits.
- Federico Zuccaro (1539 or 1540-1609), Painter. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- NPG D25368: Sir Nicholas Bacon (based on same portrait)
- NPG D25370: Sir Nicholas Bacon (based on same portrait)
- NPG D42893: Sir Nicholas Bacon (from same plate)
Fetter Lane Society founded in London by the Moravians; a reformed group of Protestants led by exiled Saxon Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. He visits Britain to petition the king for protection for Moravian missionaries working in the British colonies. An act to this effect is finally passed in 1749. John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement.
Art and science
Artist Allan Ramsay returns to London from Rome and sets himself up as a portrait painter. Metallurgist William Champion patents a process to distil zinc from calamine using charcoal in a smelter.
Methodist preacher George Whitefield arrives in Savannah, Georgia to replace John Wesley; the first of seven visits across the Atlantic which make him one of the most widely recognised figures in the American colonies. Merchant sailor Robert Jenkins presents his pickled ear (cut off by Spanish coast-guards in Cuba in 1731) to Parliament stirring up war fever against Spain and leading to the War of Jenkins' Ear the following year.