George Allan

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George Allan

by Unknown artist
pastel on pale blue paper laid on canvas, circa 1770-1775
22 1/2 in. x 18 1/8 in. (570 mm x 460 mm) sight
Given by Mr and Mrs Charles J. Duveen, 1963
Primary Collection
NPG 4307

Sitterback to top

  • George Allan (1736-1800), Antiquary and topographer. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6577 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 4308: Ann Allan (née Nicholson) (companion portrait)

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Events of 1770back to top

Current affairs

Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford.

Art and science

Oliver Goldsmith publishes his poem The Deserted Village.
Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke publishes Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents discussing the limits of the King's authority.
17-year-old Thomas Chatterton, later hailed as a significant poet, commits suicide in a London garret.
Thomas Gainsborough paints his portrait of Jonathan Buttall, which later becomes known as The Blue Boy.

International

'Townshend duties' on imports into the colonies are repealed, except for the duty on tea. However, this concession is soon followed by the Boston Massacre, in which British troops fire into an unruly crowd in Boston, killing five.
Captain Cook reaches the eastern coast of Australia, at a place which he names Botany Bay. He discovers the Great Barrier Reef when HMS Endeavour runs onto it. Cook claims New South Wales for the British.

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