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John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute
by and published by Edward Fisher, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1777
16 in. x 12 1/4 in. (405 mm x 312 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Whitin Fund, 1954
- Edward Fisher (1722-before 1782), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 93 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG D32465: John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute (from same plate)
- NPG D32467: John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute (from same plate)
- NPG D32476: John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute (from same plate)
Trent and Mersey Canal is completed under the supervision of engineer James Brindley. Philanthropist and reformer John Howard publishes his study The State of the Prisons in England and Wales
Art and science
Artist James Barry begins his monumental series of paintings The Progress of Human Culture
for the Great Room of the Society of Arts in London. He completes it in 1783. Richard Brinsley Sheridan's second play, The School for Scandal
, is an immediate success in London's Drury Lane Theatre.Entrepreneur William Bass establishes the Bass Brewery at Burton upon Trent.
American War of Independence: George Washington, heavily defeated at the Battle of Brandywine, is forced to relinquish Philadelphia to the British under General William Howe. At the two Battles of Saratoga only weeks later General John Burgoyne is forced to surrender to the Americans, marking a turning point in the war. The Continental Congress agrees the final version of the Articles of Confederation, defining the terms on which states join the Union.