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The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath)

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The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath), by Unknown artist, published 1742 - NPG D9351 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath)

by Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1742
10 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (265 mm x 190 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D9351

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This biting satire - The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (1742) - attacked Pulteney for refusing to accept command for a third time. With his public face slipped to reveal a devil behind the civic mask, this print says much about the way polite, oil portraiture could be read as flattering and misleading propaganda.

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Current affairs

Robert Walpole resigns as Prime Minister following the scandal surrounding the alleged rigging of the Chippenham by-election. He is made 1st Earl of Orford. Carteret administration formed with Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington as Prime Minister.

Art and science

Composer George Frideric Handel's Messiah is first performed at The Great Music Hall in Dublin. Ranelagh Gardens opens in Chelsea. Writer Edmond Hoyle publishes the definitive rules of whist. James Bradley succeeds Edmond Halley as Astronomer Royal. Painter Charles Jervas' translation of Don Quixote is posthumously published.


War of the Austrian Succession: Treaty of Berlin, mediated by Britain, is signed by Maria Theresa of Austria and Frederick II of Prussia, ending the First Silesian War. George II acts as guarantor. Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius proposes 100 degrees between the freezing and boiling points of water.

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