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William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
by and published by John Smith, after Joseph Highmore Click on the links below to find out more
13 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (348 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (358 mm x 261 mm) paper size
- Joseph Highmore (1692-1780), Painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D19489: William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (from same plate)
Committee of the House of Commons appointed to enquire into the state of Britain's gaols. Opening of the first Putney Bridge; the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Kingston Bridge at the time.Tornado destroys buildings in Sussex and Kent
Art and science
Chiswick House in London, a pioneering example of English Palladian revival architecture, is designed by its owner Richard Boyle with the help of the architect William Kent.Jonathan Swift publishes A Modest Proposal
; a satirical attack on attitudes towards the poor and Irish policy more generally.
Benjamin Franklin prints, publishes and largely writes the weekly Pennsylvania Gazette
, which soon becomes the most successful newspaper in the colonies.Treaty of Seville seals peace between Britain and Spain.King Frederick IV of Denmark charters the Danish East India Company.