2 of 2 portraits of John Armstrong
by James Macardell, after Unknown artist
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- John Armstrong (1674-1742), Major-General; Surveyor General of ordnance and chief engineer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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Events of 1753back to top
Current affairsAfter 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 scienceArtist 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.
InternationalGeorge 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.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage
Until 2 July
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
31 January, 12:30