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Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, by Richard Houston, after  Benjamin Wilson, circa 1760-1775 - NPG D19319 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham

by Richard Houston, after Benjamin Wilson
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
Reference Collection
NPG D19319


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Sitterback to top

Artistsback to top

  • 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.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D4093: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (from same plate)
  • NPG D39825: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (from same plate)

Events of 1760back to top

Current affairs

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.

International

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.

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