© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Charles Spooner, after Thomas Hudson Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1760s (1761)
5 7/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (149 mm x 113 mm) plate size; 9 1/4 in. x 5 7/8 in. (236 mm x 150 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
- David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
- Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist associated with 181 portraits.
- Charles Spooner (died 1767), Irish mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 31 portraits.
- NPG D34386: David Garrick (based on same portrait)
George, Prince of Wales marries Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz at St James' Palace. He is crowned George III two weeks later.Buckingham House, on the site of present-day Buckingham Palace, is purchased for the royal family. Bridgewater canal, engineered by James Brindley, opens as Britain's first canal.
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Establishment of Matthew Boulton's toy factory, the Soho Manufactory, near Birmingham; considered the first modern factory in Britain.Allan Ramsay becomes Painter to the King.
Seven Years' War: General Sir Eyre Coote captures Pondicherry from the French in India. A combined Prussian-Hanoverian-British force led by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats a large French army at the Battle of Villinghausen. France and Spain sign the Pacte de Famille forming an alliance against Britain. Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder fails to garner support to declare war on Spain.