© National Portrait Gallery, London
Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales
by John Faber Jr, after Charles Philips Click on the links below to find out more
13 7/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (352 mm x 249 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (359 mm x 256 mm) paper size
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
- Charles Philips (1708-1747). Artist associated with 18 portraits.
Death of Queen Caroline, wife of George II, on 20 November.Frederick, Prince of Wales quarrels with his father. The king expels him from court for criticising the government.Theatrical Licensing Act introduces censorship, requiring plays to be submitted to the Lord Chancellor for approval and reducing the number of theatres.
Art and science
French portrait-painter Jean-Baptiste Van Loo arrives in England where he soon attracts prominent sitters such as Robert Walpole, Colley Cibber and William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield. Venus passes in front of Mercury and is witnessed by amateur astronomer John Bevis at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. It remains the only such planetary occlusion that has been directly observed.
Colonist William Byrd founds Richmond, Virginia. French Académie Royale de Peintre et de Sculpture begins its programme of public exhibitions.Florence loses her independence when the last Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany dies.