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Charles Blount, Earl of Devonshire, by Valentine Green, after  Paul van Somer, published 1775 - NPG D25822 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charles Blount, Earl of Devonshire

by Valentine Green, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, published 1775
19 3/8 in. x 13 3/4 in. (491 mm x 350 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D25822


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  • Valentine Green (1739-1813), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Paul van Somer (circa 1576-1621), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 35 portraits.

Events of 1775back to top

Current affairs

Act of Parliament extends inventor James Watt's patent (first granted in 1769) and the first steam engines are built under it. First known building society - Ketley's Building Society - is established in Birmingham by Richard Ketley, landlord of the Golden Cross Inn.

Art and science

First performance of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals at the Covent Garden Theatre in London. Artist J.M.W. Turner is born. Satirist James Gillray's first engravings and etchings are published. Navigator Captain Cook publishes his discovery of a preventive cure against scurvy, in the form of a regular ration of lemon juice.

International

War of American Independence begins with British defeat at Lexington and Concord and lasts until 1783. British achieve a narrow and costly victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Edmund Burke delivers a speech to the British Parliament on conciliation with the American colonies. First performance of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic opera The Barber of Seville in Paris. Pope Pius VI succeeds Pope Clement XIV as the 251st pope.

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