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Sir William Chambers

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Sir William Chambers, by Valentine Green, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1780 - NPG D32831 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir William Chambers

by Valentine Green, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1780
19 in. x 15 1/8 in. (482 mm x 383 mm) plate size; 19 3/4 in. x 16 1/8 in. (501 mm x 409 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D32831


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  • Valentine Green (1739-1813), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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Anti-Catholic mob led by Lord George Gordon marches on Parliament to protest against the Catholic Relief Act, leading to the outbreak of the Gordon Riots in London. Six days of rioting are ended by the intervention of troops, with 285 people shot dead. Dunning's Motion in Parliament attacks the influence of the crown, suggesting that it has increased and ought to be diminished.

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Royal Academy moves to Somerset House on The Strand, London. Mrs E. Johnson's British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, begins publication. Potter Josiah Wedgwood invents the pyrometer; a device used for measuring high temperatures.

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American War of Independence: British troops under Charles Cornwallis defeat American army under Horatio Gates at Camden, South Carolina. The capture of British army officer and spy John André yields proof that US general Benedict Arnold is in the pay of the British. André is executed in as a spy. Second Anglo-Mysore War in India between Hyder Ali and the East India Company. Bolshoi Theatre of opera and ballet is founded in Moscow.

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