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by and published by William Sharp, published by Benjamin Beale Evans, published by William Skelton, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1 January 1788 (1786)
19 7/8 in. x 15 in. (506 mm x 382 mm) plate size; 22 in. x 16 7/8 in. (559 mm x 429 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Hunter (1728-1793), Surgeon and anatomist. Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Benjamin Beale Evans (active 1783-1824), Printseller and engraver. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- William Sharp (1749-1824), Engraver. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- William Skelton (1763-1848), Engraver. Artist associated with 58 portraits.
- NPG 77: John Hunter (based on same portrait)
- NPG D9006: John Hunter (from same plate)
- NPG D36394: John Hunter (based on same portrait)
Parliament begins an investigation into the slave trade, led by reformers Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce.Regency Crisis; George III's madness is announced provoking a political storm. Former Governor-General of Bengal Warren Hastings' trial begins before the House of Lords.Henry Benedict Stuart becomes the new Stuart claimant to the British throne.
Art and science
Artist Thomas Gainsborough dies. First edition of The Times
newspaper is published in London.Scottish engineer and inventor William Symington demonstrates the first paddle steamer on Dalswinton Loch near Dumfries.Robert Burns writes his version of the Scots poem Auld Lang Syne
Ministers of the French King, Louis XVI, reluctantly announce that the Estates General will meet the following year, for the first time since 1614. United States constitution comes into force when New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it. First Fleet reaches Australia, anchoring in Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip, selecting a suitable site for the first Australian penal colony, names the place Sydney Cove.