© National Portrait Gallery, London
by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1770
14 7/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (377 mm x 276 mm) plate size; 15 3/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (389 mm x 290 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by C.M. Powell through the Art Fund, 1929
- Edmund Burke (1729 or 1730-1797), Statesman. Sitter associated with 103 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- James Watson (circa 1740-1790), Engraver. Artist associated with 193 portraits.
Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford.
Art and science
Oliver Goldsmith publishes his poem The Deserted Village
. Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke publishes Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents
discussing the limits of the King's authority. 17-year-old Thomas Chatterton, later hailed as a significant poet, commits suicide in a London garret.Thomas Gainsborough paints his portrait of Jonathan Buttall, which later becomes known as The Blue Boy
'Townshend duties' on imports into the colonies are repealed, except for the duty on tea. However, this concession is soon followed by the Boston Massacre, in which British troops fire into an unruly crowd in Boston, killing five. Captain Cook reaches the eastern coast of Australia, at a place which he names Botany Bay. He discovers the Great Barrier Reef when HMS Endeavour runs onto it. Cook claims New South Wales for the British.