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'Parody on the School of Athens'

1 of 2 portraits of Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Ailesbury

'Parody on the School of Athens', by James Scott, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds, (1751) - NPG D16142 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Parody on the School of Athens'

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, (1751)
10 1/8 in. x 12 1/4 in. (257 mm x 312 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D16142

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
  • James Scott (circa 1809-circa 1889), Engraver. Artist associated with 132 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Frederick, Prince of Wales dies and is succeeded by his son, later George III, as Prince of Wales. Third Gin Act requires government inspection of distilleries and restricts sales to licensed premises in an effort to curtail consumption.

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Thomas Gray publishes his poem Elegy written in a Country Church Yard. Philosopher David Hume publishes An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals. Eliza Haywood publishes her novel The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless. William Hogarth publishes his satirical engravings Beer-Street, Gin Lane and The Four Stages of Cruelty.


Robert Clive reopens hostilities with the French in India. He prevails after holding out during the siege of Arcot. First part of the Encyclopédie - an innovative 28 volume encyclopedia which represented the dominant strains of Enlightenment thinking - is published in France, edited by Diderot. Swedish chemist Alex Cronstedt identifies nickel as an impurity in copper ore as a separate metallic element.

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Anna Brunton

23 January 2016, 15:49

This is a parody of the members of the Society of Dilettanti

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