1 of 2 portraits of Adam Ferguson
by John Beugo, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
line engraving, published 1790
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.