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Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, by Joseph Saunders, published by  Walter Shropshire, after  Richard Brompton, published 1774 - NPG D33214 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Frederick, Duke of York and Albany

by Joseph Saunders, published by Walter Shropshire, after Richard Brompton
mezzotint, published 1774
21 3/8 in. x 15 in. (542 mm x 380 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D33214

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Artistsback to top

  • Richard Brompton (1734-1783). Artist associated with 17 portraits.
  • Joseph Saunders (active 1773), Miniature painter, printmaker and publisher. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
  • Walter Shropshire (died 1785), Publisher. Artist associated with 18 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D33215: Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (from same plate)

Events of 1774back to top

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Philanthropist and reformer John Howard is called before the House of Commons Select Committee to give evidence on the shocking conditions in prisons across the country. Young Tahitian Omai arrives in England after making contact with Captain James Cook on his second voyage. He is introduced into London Society by Joseph Banks and is much admired. Coercive or 'Intolerable' Acts are passed in response to the crisis in the American colonies.

Art and science

Philosopher and chemist Joseph Priestley isolates oxygen in the form of a gas. Artist Thomas Gainsborough moves from Bath to set up a studio in London. Royal Crescent, Bath, designed by John Wood the Younger, is completed. Methodist preacher John Wesley publishes his pamphlet Thoughts Upon Slavery which argues against the slave trade.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe publishes his romantic novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, bringing him an immediate European reputation. In retaliation for the Boston Tea Party, the port of Boston is closed under the first of the British government's Coercive Acts. Delegates from twelve American colonies meet in Philadelphia and agree not to import any goods from Britain. Death of Louis XV of France. Louis XVI succeeds.

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