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Robert Dodsley

1 of 2 portraits by Edward Alcock

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Robert Dodsley

attributed to Edward Alcock
oil on tin, 1760?
11 3/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (289 mm x 248 mm) oval
Given by Alfred Jones, 1906
Primary Collection
NPG 1436

Sitterback to top

  • Robert Dodsley (1703-1764), Poet, dramatist and bookseller. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • Edward Alcock (died 1782), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.

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Dodsley's friend, the poet William Shenstone, patronised the itinerant artist, Edward Alcock, and described his work: 'He finishes highly in miniature . . . he paints well in enamel.' The use of oil on tin as a support for this portrait is rare but not unique. 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).

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Current affairs

Death of George II on 25 October at the age of 76. George III succeeds to the throne at the age of 22.

Art and science

German artist Johan Zoffany arrives in England, where he is instrumental in reviving the 'conversation piece' genre of painting.
First public exhibition of paintings in England is held at the Society of Arts' Great Room in the Strand, London.
The Public Ledger is founded; the oldest British periodical with continuous daily publication.


Seven Years' War: At the Battle of Carrickfergus in Ireland, a force of French troops captures the town of Carrickfergus before retiring.
Surrender of Montreal to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst signals the virtual loss of Canada by the French. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Mir Jafar and replace him with Mir Quasim.
Former Chief Tacky leads an unsuccessful slave rebellion in Jamaica, which aims to overthrow British rule.

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