© National Portrait Gallery, London
by James Macardell, after William Hogarth Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1749 (1740)
15 1/2 in. x 10 1/8 in. (395 mm x 257 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Thomas Coram (1668?-1751), Philanthropist. Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
- William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 126 portraits, Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
- James Macardell (1727 or 1728-1765), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 291 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
Royal Fireworks in Green Park to celebrate the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle. 10,000 rockets are let off at a cost of £8,000. Composer George Frideric Handel's accompanying Music for the Royal Fireworks
is performed for the first time.George II is introduced to William Ansah Sessarakoo the 'Prince of Annamaboe'. The son of a wealthy chief from the West African Gold Coast, he had been taken prisoner and made a slave in the West Indies.
Art and science
Horace Walpole buys the house and grounds which he will transform into his neo-Gothic fantasy, Strawberry Hill, in Twickenham, London.Henry Fielding publishes his comic novel Tom Jones
. John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure)
is published. The author is released from debtor's prison but arrested again later in the year and charged with corrupting the King's subjects.
George II grants a charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio valley in the American colonies. British settlement of Halifax, Nova Scotia is founded.Sugar planters found Port-au-Prince, Haiti.