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Paul Sandby

12 of 14 portraits of Paul Sandby

Paul Sandby

by Edward Fisher, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, published 1763
15 1/2 in. x 11 in. (394 mm x 278 mm) plate size; 16 1/4 in. x 12 in. (413 mm x 305 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1964
Reference Collection
NPG D40051


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Sitterback to top

  • Paul Sandby (1725-1809), Watercolour painter and engraver and a founder of the Royal Academy of Arts. Sitter in 14 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Francis Cotes (1726-1770), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 89 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Edward Fisher (1722-before 1782), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 93 portraits.

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Events of 1763back to top

Current affairs

John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute resigns as Prime Minister following sustained attacks in the press and parliament. He is succeeded by George Grenville. Radical John Wilkes is arrested for attacking the king in his weekly satirical publication The North Briton. His arrest is declared illegal by Chief Justice Pratt and he is released, though expelled from Parliament.

Art and science

Biographer James Boswell is introduced to the writer Samuel Johnson for the first time at Thomas Davies's bookshop in Covent Garden, London. Josiah Wedgwood receives orders for his pottery from Queen Charlotte. He names his range of pottery 'Queen's Ware' after her. American painter Benjamin West settles in London, where he becomes famous for his large-scale history scenes.

International

Pontiac, an Ottawa chief, leads an uprising of the Indian tribes in America in an attempt to drive the British east. Royal Proclamation of 1763 is made by George III, regulating westward expansion of British North America. Seven Years' War: Treaty of Paris between Britain, France, Spain and Portugal and Treaty of Hubertusburg between Prussia and Austria end the Seven Years' War, leaving Britain in control of Canada, India and much of the Caribbean.

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