© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Edward Fisher, printed for John Spilsbury, after Jean Baptiste van Loo Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1758 (1740)
- Colley Cibber (1671-1757), Dramatist and actor. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Edward Fisher (1722-before 1782), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 93 portraits.
- John Spilsbury (1739-1769), Engraver and map and print seller. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745). Artist associated with 56 portraits.
Comet observed in previous centuries returns exactly at the time predicted by astronomer Edmond Halley and is subsequently known by his name.
Art and science
Liverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter.James Woodforde, an English country parson, begins a detailed diary of everyday life, which is later published as Diary of a Country Parson
Seven Years' War: British General John Forbes captures the strategic French stronghold Fort Duquesne and renames it Pittsburgh after British Secretary of State, William Pitt the Elder. British troops capture Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.Pope Clement XIII succeeds Pope Benedict XIV as the 248th pope.