Elizabeth (née Gunning), Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon when Duchess of Hamilton
by John Faber Jr, after Gavin Hamilton Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, published 1753
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
- Gavin Hamilton (1730-1797), Painter and excavator. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
After a month's absence, servant Elizabeth Canning returns to her mother's house claiming that she was abducted. The following trial causes uproar and becomes one of the most famous criminal mysteries of the century.Hardwicke's Marriage Act (named after its champion Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke) is passed, aimed at preventing clandestine marriages.
Art and science
Artist Joshua Reynolds establishes his portrait practice in London. Swiss painter and pastellist Jean-Etienne Liotard arrives in London where he enjoys great success until his departure in 1756.
George Washington undertakes a difficult and ineffectual journey to persuade the French to withdraw from the Ohio valley.First steam engine arrives in the American colonies.First official celebration of St Patrick's Day on 17 March, organised by the Charitable Irish Society in Boston. Britain, Austria and Modena sign a secret military treaty.