© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Jones, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1784 (1783)
14 7/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (378 mm x 276 mm) plate size; 19 1/4 in. x 14 5/8 in. (489 mm x 371 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1951
- Frances ('Fanny') Kemble (1759-1812), Actress; sister of Sarah Siddons, and of John and Charles Kemble. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John Jones (circa 1745-1797), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 91 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
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.
Art and science
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.
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.