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Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, by John Simon, after  Jean Baptiste van Loo, 1741 (1739) - NPG D14348 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton

by John Simon, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
mezzotint, 1741 (1739)
11 7/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (303 mm x 245 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14348

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Artistsback to top

  • John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
  • Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745), Painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D4617: Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton (from same plate)
  • NPG D4618: Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton (from same plate)
  • NPG D4619: Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton (from same plate)
  • NPG D4620: Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton (from same plate)
  • NPG D38508: Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Robert Walpole is followed by a general election. Walpole's majority is reduced to less than twenty and he suffers defeat in seven divisions. Opening of the Foundling Hospital, London, to aid homeless and abandoned children.

Art and science

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown is appointed head gardener at Stowe, where he works with the architect William Kent. Actor David Garrick makes his debut on the London stage in Richard III. Henry Fielding publishes An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews satirising Samuel Richardson's best-selling novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.


War of the Austrian Succession: Admiral Edward Vernon leads an unsuccessful attack on Spanish stronghold of Cartagena. Frederick II's Prussian army defeats the Austrians at Mollwitz, securing his hold on most of Silesia. French and Bavarian forces enter Prague. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach publishes his set of Goldberg Variations, supposedly written for performance by the young harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg.

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