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William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, after William Hoare, (1754) - NPG D32921 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

after William Hoare
mezzotint, (1754)
13 7/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (352 mm x 249 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/2 in. (362 mm x 266 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D32921


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  • William Hoare (1707-1792), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 74 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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Death of the Prime Minister Henry Pelham. He is succeeded by his brother Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle. General election increases the Whig party's majority

Art and science

Scottish chemist Joseph Black identifies carbon dioxide. Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (Society of Arts) is established in London. Designer and cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale publishes his first catalogue of furniture. Philosopher David Hume's expansive and best-selling six-volume History of Great Britain begins publication.

International

Albany Congress: the British colonies negotiate with the native-American Iroquois in the face of the French threat in the Ohio valley. Benjamin Franklin proposes that the colonies should unite to form a colonial government. The pro-union woodcut he publishes of a snake cut into eight pieces, entitled 'Join or Die', becomes America's first political cartoon. George Washington kills ten French troops at Fort Duquesne.

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