7 of 16 portraits of James Boswell
by G.W. Hutin, published by Abraham Wivell, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, (1785)
7 7/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (199 mm x 135 mm) plate size; 8 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (209 mm x 147 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- James Boswell (1740-1795), Biographer of Dr Johnson. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (40 Castle Street East, Marylebone, London)
Events of 1785back to top
Current affairsGeorge Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.
Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.
Art and scienceWilliam Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task.
James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson.
Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.
InternationalWarren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India.
French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington.
British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.