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King George II
by Richard Houston, printed for and sold by Robert Sayer, after Thomas Worlidge Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, (circa 1753)
13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (354 mm x 253 mm) plate size; 14 7/8 in. x 11 in. (378 mm x 279 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
- Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 189 portraits.
- Robert Sayer (1724 or 1725-1794), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 196 portraits.
- Thomas Worlidge (1700-1766), Painter and etcher. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter associated with 5 portraits.
After a month's absence, servant Elizabeth Canning returns to her mother's house claiming that she was abducted. The following trial causes uproar and becomes one of the most famous criminal mysteries of the century.Hardwicke's Marriage Act (named after its champion Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke) is passed, aimed at preventing clandestine marriages.
Art and science
Artist Joshua Reynolds establishes his portrait practice in London. Swiss painter and pastellist Jean-Etienne Liotard arrives in London where he enjoys great success until his departure in 1756.
George Washington undertakes a difficult and ineffectual journey to persuade the French to withdraw from the Ohio valley.First steam engine arrives in the American colonies.First official celebration of St Patrick's Day on 17 March, organised by the Charitable Irish Society in Boston. Britain, Austria and Modena sign a secret military treaty.