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George Vertue

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George Vertue, by George Vertue, after  Thomas Gibson, 1750 (1715) - NPG D18895 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Vertue

by George Vertue, after Thomas Gibson
engraving, 1750 (1715)
8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (202 mm x 129 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D18895


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Sitterback to top

  • George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 853 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Thomas Gibson (circa 1680-1751), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 62 portraits.
  • George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

Events of 1750back to top

Current affairs

Notorious highwayman James MacLaine is apprehended and hanged at Tyburn, having passed in society as a wealthy gentleman for two years. Scottish landlords start evicting tenants in the Highland Clearances. Westminster Bridge is opened, the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Putney. Iron Act is passed restricting the manufacture of iron products in the American colonies.

Art and science

Electrician and experimental philosopher John Canton reads a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets. Writer Samuel Johnson begins publishing his periodical The Rambler. Artist Joshua Reynolds travels to Italy, where he remains until 1752. Establishment of the Jockey Club; a gentleman's club which took over the regulation of British horse racing.

International

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach dies in Leipzig. He completes his Mass in B Minor, worked on over many years, shortly before his death.

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