© National Portrait Gallery, London
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
by Jacobus Houbraken Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1750
14 1/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. (367 mm x 234 mm) plate size; 17 in. x 10 3/8 in. (431 mm x 264 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- NPG D24237: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (from same plate)
- NPG D24234: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (from same plate)
- NPG D40913: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (from same plate)
Notorious highwayman James MacLaine is apprehended and hanged at Tyburn, having passed in society as a wealthy gentleman for two years.Scottish landlords start evicting tenants in the Highland Clearances. Westminster Bridge is opened, the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Putney.Iron Act is passed restricting the manufacture of iron products in the American colonies.
Art and science
Electrician and experimental philosopher John Canton reads a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets. Writer Samuel Johnson begins publishing his periodical The Rambler
. Artist Joshua Reynolds travels to Italy, where he remains until 1752. Establishment of the Jockey Club; a gentleman's club which took over the regulation of British horse racing.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach dies in Leipzig. He completes his Mass in B Minor, worked on over many years, shortly before his death.