1 portrait of Robert Burns
by Edward Mitchell, after Alexander Nasmyth
line engraving, (1787)
16 1/8 in. x 11 7/8 in. (410 mm x 303 mm) plate size; 18 1/4 in. x 13 7/8 in. (462 mm x 353 mm) paper size
Given by John Sandercock, 1933
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Current affairsSocial reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
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Art and sciencePainter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..
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First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.
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