2 of 7 portraits of Jonathan Shipley
by John Raphael Smith, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1777
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsTrent and Mersey Canal is completed under the supervision of engineer James Brindley.
Philanthropist and reformer John Howard publishes his study The State of the Prisons in England and Wales.
Art and scienceArtist James Barry begins his monumental series of paintings The Progress of Human Culture for the Great Room of the Society of Arts in London. He completes it in 1783.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan's second play, The School for Scandal, is an immediate success in London's Drury Lane Theatre.
Entrepreneur William Bass establishes the Bass Brewery at Burton upon Trent.