Thomas Augustine Arne
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Thomas Augustine Arne
after Francesco Bartolozzi
hand-coloured etching, 1770-1782, based on a work of circa 1770
11 in. x 8 3/4 in. (279 mm x 222 mm)
Given by Sir Lionel Henry Cust, 1898
Artistback to top
- Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Engraver. Artist associated with 164 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The composer Thomas Arne specialised in opera and pieces for the London theatres and pleasure gardens, but also wrote many catches and songs. 'Rule Britannia' was the finale of his masque Alfred which was performed at Cliveden, the Prince of Wales' house, in 1740. It is this piece of music that the composer is playing on the organ in this etching.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 19
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 18
Events of 1770back to top
Current affairsAugustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford.
Art and scienceOliver 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International'Townshend duties' on imports into the colonies are repealed, except for the duty on tea.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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