Sir William Chambers
4 of 37 portraits on display in the Room 14 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sir William Chambers
by Jeremiah Meyer
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, after 1770
1 5/8 in. x 1 1/4 in. (41 mm x 32 mm) oval
Bequeathed by Eugenie F.E. Pebardy, 1958
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Artistback to top
- Jeremiah Meyer (1735-1789), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 98
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 51
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 113
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 69
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International'Townshend duties' on imports into the colonies are repealed, except for the duty on tea.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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