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The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, 1773, based on a work of 1772
7 3/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (188 mm x 270 mm)
Given by Alfred Jones, 1906
Primary Collection
NPG 1437

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  • John Sanders (1750-1825), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.
  • Johan Joseph Zoffany (1733-1810), Painter of portraits and conversation pieces. Artist or producer associated with 50 portraits, Sitter associated with 11 portraits. Identify

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  • NPG 1437a: Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy' (key)

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Current affairs

Somersett's Case: William Murrary, 1st Earl of Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice, rules that slaves could not be taken out of their country against their will after the case of American slave John Somersett is brought before him.
Royal Marriages Act requires the monarch's consent for the marriage of all members of the royal family.

Art and science

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Britain's first trunk canal, the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, opens for business.

International

Swiss pastor Johann Kaspar Lavater's Essays on Physiognomy revive the study of character through outward appearance.
Captain James Cook sets off, aboard HMS Resolution, on his second Pacific voyage.
First partition of Poland marks the start of Poland's disappearance as an independent state.

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