Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset
by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1738
14 3/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (375 mm x 236 mm) plate size; 16 5/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (423 mm x 294 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1929
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- NPG D24807: Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (from same plate)
- NPG D41815: Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (from same plate)
- NPG D42884: Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (from same plate)
Fetter Lane Society founded in London by the Moravians; a reformed group of Protestants led by exiled Saxon Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. He visits Britain to petition the king for protection for Moravian missionaries working in the British colonies. An act to this effect is finally passed in 1749. John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement.
Art and science
Artist Allan Ramsay returns to London from Rome and sets himself up as a portrait painter. Metallurgist William Champion patents a process to distil zinc from calamine using charcoal in a smelter.
Methodist preacher George Whitefield arrives in Savannah, Georgia to replace John Wesley; the first of seven visits across the Atlantic which make him one of the most widely recognised figures in the American colonies. Merchant sailor Robert Jenkins presents his pickled ear (cut off by Spanish coast-guards in Cuba in 1731) to Parliament stirring up war fever against Spain and leading to the War of Jenkins' Ear the following year.