The Harcourt Family
5 of 8 portraits of George Simon Harcourt, 2nd Earl Harcourt
The Harcourt Family
by Charles Algernon Tomkins, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
8 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (227 mm x 242 mm) plate size; 13 1/2 in. x 19 7/8 in. (342 mm x 504 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Sittersback to top
- George Simon Harcourt, 2nd Earl Harcourt (1736-1809), Politician; MP for St Albans, fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Doctor of Civil Law. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Elizabeth Harcourt (née Vernon), Countess Harcourt (died 1826), Wife of 2nd Earl Harcourt; daughter of 1st Baron Vernon. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- William Harcourt, 3rd Earl Harcourt (1743-1830), Field Marshal. Sitter in 9 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Henry Graves & Co (active 1844-1899), Publishers. Artist associated with 228 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- Charles Algernon Tomkins (1821-circa 1903), Engraver. Artist associated with 35 portraits.
Events of 1780back to top
Current affairsAnti-Catholic mob led by Lord George Gordon marches on Parliament to protest against the Catholic Relief Act, leading to the outbreak of the Gordon Riots in London. Six days of rioting are ended by the intervention of troops, with 285 people shot dead.
Dunning's Motion in Parliament attacks the influence of the crown, suggesting that it has increased and ought to be diminished.
Art and scienceRoyal Academy moves to Somerset House on The Strand, London.
Mrs E. Johnson's British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, begins publication.
Potter Josiah Wedgwood invents the pyrometer; a device used for measuring high temperatures.
InternationalAmerican War of Independence: British troops under Charles Cornwallis defeat American army under Horatio Gates at Camden, South Carolina. The capture of British army officer and spy John André yields proof that US general Benedict Arnold is in the pay of the British. André is executed in as a spy.
Second Anglo-Mysore War in India between Hyder Ali and the East India Company.
Bolshoi Theatre of opera and ballet is founded in Moscow.