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Richard Cosway; Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield); probably Ottobah Cugoano (John Stuart)

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Richard Cosway; Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield); probably Ottobah Cugoano (John Stuart), by Richard Cosway, 1784 - NPG D34151 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Cosway; Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield); probably Ottobah Cugoano (John Stuart)

by Richard Cosway
etching, 1784
11 1/2 in. x 14 1/4 in. (293 mm x 362 mm) plate size; 12 5/8 in. x 15 1/2 in. (322 mm x 393 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1960
Reference Collection
NPG D34151


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  • Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 15 portraits.

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Theatre proprietor and postal reformer John Palmer runs the first mail coach in England, between Bristol and London. A three day journey is now completed in 16 hours. Commutation Act reduces punitive duties on tea to combat smuggling.

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Aeronaut James Sadler makes the first hot air balloon flight in Britain, from Oxford to Woodeaton. Chemist Henry Cavendish's paper Experiments on Air reveals the composition of water. Writer Samuel Johnson dies. Joshua Reynolds succeeds Allan Ramsay as Painter to the King.

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Thomas Jefferson's Land Ordinance passed by the United States' Continental Congress, coming into effect the following year. It allows for the sale of land in the largely unmapped west of the country. Britain receives its first bales of cotton from the United States since before the War of American Independence. William Pitt's India Act creates a Board of Control to oversee the affairs of the British East India Company and centralise power.

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