© National Portrait Gallery, London
King Richard III
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, engraved 1735
11 5/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (296 mm x 196 mm) plate size; 11 7/8 in. x 8 in. (303 mm x 202 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- King Richard III (1452-1485), Reigned 1483-85. Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 849 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Second Parliament under George III. Robert Walpole maintains a substantial majority. Lord Bolingbroke gives up active opposition to Walpole and retires to France. Walpole moves into 10 Downing Street.Welsh Methodist revival begins.
Art and science
Celebrated dandy Richard 'Beau' Nash appoints himself Master of Ceremonies at Tunbridge Wells.William Hogarth founds the second St Martin's Lane Academy of Painting. Lawyer and amateur meteorologist George Hadley publishes the first explanation of the trade winds
Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus publishes a 'system of nature', capable of classifying all living things.Swedish chemist Georg Brandt discovers a new metallic element, which he names cobalt.A revivalist movement in America, led by Jonathan Edwards, becomes known as the Great Awakening.Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Ascension Oratorio