© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Richard Houston, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1771
15 in. x 10 7/8 in. (380 mm x 277 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 11 1/8 in. (385 mm x 281 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
- Isaac Barré (1726-1802), Soldier and politician; MP for Wycombe and Calne. Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
Artist Benjamin West exhibits his celebrated modern history painting The Death of Wolfe
at the Royal Academy, commemorating the death of General James Wolfe at the 1759 Battle of Quebec during the Seven Years' War. The painting creates a sensation and George III commissions a copy. Reporting of parliamentary debates is permitted.
Art and science
Richard Arkwright begins to develop cotton mills at Cromford in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire; one of the earliest factory complexes.Botanist James Robertson makes the first recorded ascent of Ben Nevis.Encyclopedia Britannica
is completed with 2,931 pages. First recorded cricket match is played in Horsham, West Sussex.
First voyage of James Cook ends. HMS Endeavour
anchors in the port of Deal, Kent following its three-year global circumnavigation.Spain cedes the Falkland Islands to Britain.