Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple
by and published by Richard Houston, after William Hoare Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1757-1760
15 1/2 in. x 11 in. (395 mm x 279 mm) plate size; 16 1/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (410 mm x 297 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- William Hoare (1707-1792), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 188 portraits.
- NPG 258: Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple (source portrait)
- NPG D40503: Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple (from same plate)
- NPG D40505: Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple (from same plate)
Admiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch in Portsmouth harbour for failing to prevent the loss of Minorca to the French. William Pitt the Elder resigns from government after his failure to achieve success in the Seven Years War. He is recalled to government in June in coalition with former Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.
Art and science
Designer Robert Adam returns to London after two years in Rome with a repertoire of classical themes which will form the basis of a new British neo-classicism.Edmund Burke publishes his seminal work A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful
.Philosopher David Hume publishes The Natural History of Religion
.Artist William Blake is born in Soho, London.
Seven Years War: Victory for British ally, Frederick the Great, at Rossbach and Leuthen. Defeats for the British in India and Canada followed by British victory at the Battle of Plassey, led by Robert Clive, which secures British control of Bengal. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Siraj ud-Daulah and replace him with his uncle the pro-British Mir Jafar. Italian pastellist Rosalba Carriera dies in Venice.