© National Portrait Gallery, London
Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham
by Richard Houston, after Benjamin Wilson Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1760-1775
15 1/4 in. x 11 in. (386 mm x 279 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 188 portraits.
- Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788), Portrait painter and scientist. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
- NPG D4093: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (from same plate)
- NPG D39825: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (from same plate)
Death of George II on 25 October at the age of 76. George III succeeds to the throne at the age of 22.
Art and science
German artist Johan Zoffany arrives in England, where he is instrumental in reviving the 'conversation piece' genre of painting. First public exhibition of paintings in England is held at the Society of Arts' Great Room in the Strand, London. The Public Ledger is founded; the oldest British periodical with continuous daily publication.
Seven Years' War: At the Battle of Carrickfergus in Ireland, a force of French troops captures the town of Carrickfergus before retiring. Surrender of Montreal to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst signals the virtual loss of Canada by the French. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Mir Jafar and replace him with Mir Quasim.Former Chief Tacky leads an unsuccessful slave rebellion in Jamaica, which aims to overthrow British rule.