3 of 25 portraits on display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
after Allan Ramsay
oil on canvas, after 1758
20 in. x 14 in. (508 mm x 356 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1960
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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. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
Linked publicationsback to top
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 26
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 89
Events of 1758back to top
Current affairsComet observed in previous centuries returns exactly at the time predicted by astronomer Edmond Halley and is subsequently known by his name.
Art and scienceLiverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter.
James Woodforde, an English country parson, begins a detailed diary of everyday life, which is later published as Diary of a Country Parson.
InternationalSeven Years' War: British General John Forbes captures the strategic French stronghold Fort Duquesne and renames it Pittsburgh after British Secretary of State, William Pitt the Elder. British troops capture Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
Pope Clement XIII succeeds Pope Benedict XIV as the 248th pope.