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after Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, after 1756
20 in. x 14 in. (508 mm x 356 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1960
Sitterback to top
- John Burgoyne (1722-1792), 'Gentleman Johnny'; soldier and dramatist. Sitter in 8 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 120 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The original of this portrait was painted by Allan Ramsay when Burgoyne was staying in Rome with his bride and depicts him standing inside the Colosseum.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 26
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 89
Events of 1756back to top
Current affairsGovernment falls after criticism of its handling of the Seven Years War. Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle is succeeded by William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, who forms a ministry effectively run by William Pitt the Elder.
Art and scienceSatiristist Thomas Rowlandson is born in Old Jewry in the City of London. His main rival James Gillray is born exactly a month later in Chelsea.
Completion of William Edwards' Old Bridge, Pontypridd; the longest single span bridge in Britain for the next forty years.
International'Black Hole of Calcutta': a group of British prisoners, including East India Company servant John Zephaniah Holwell, are locked in a small, overcrowded dungeon overnight when Fort William in Calcutta is captured by troops of the Nawab of Bengal. Holwell claims 123 of the 146 prisoners died.
Outbreak of the Seven Years War in which Britain, Hanover, Prussia and Denmark are pitted against France, Austria, Russia and Sweden.