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George Edgcumbe, 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe
by Edward Fisher, after Sir Joshua Reynolds Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1761 (1760)
15 1/4 in. x 11 in. (388 mm x 278 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1949
- Edward Fisher (1722-before 1782), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 93 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
- NPG D39072: George Edgcumbe, 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (from same plate)
George, Prince of Wales marries Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz at St James' Palace. He is crowned George III two weeks later.Buckingham House, on the site of present-day Buckingham Palace, is purchased for the royal family. Bridgewater canal, engineered by James Brindley, opens as Britain's first canal.
Art and science
Establishment of Matthew Boulton's toy factory, the Soho Manufactory, near Birmingham; considered the first modern factory in Britain.Allan Ramsay becomes Painter to the King.
Seven Years' War: General Sir Eyre Coote captures Pondicherry from the French in India. A combined Prussian-Hanoverian-British force led by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats a large French army at the Battle of Villinghausen. France and Spain sign the Pacte de Famille forming an alliance against Britain. Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder fails to garner support to declare war on Spain.