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John Glynn, John Wilkes and John Horne Tooke

after Richard Houston
oil on canvas, based on a work of after 1769
20 3/4 in. x 29 3/4 in. (527 mm x 756 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1922
Primary Collection
NPG 1944

Sittersback to top

  • John Glynn (1722-1779), Lawyer and politician; MP for Middlesex. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
  • John Horne Tooke (1736-1812), Radical politician; MP and philologist. Sitter associated with 49 portraits. Identify
  • John Wilkes (1725-1797), Journalist, agitator and politician; MP for Aylesbury and Middlesex. Sitter associated with 49 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait. Identify

Artistback to top

  • Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 193 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D37522: John Glynn; John Wilkes; John Horne Tooke (after)

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Events of 1769back to top

Current affairs

Radical John Wilkes is expelled from Parliament once again, on the grounds that he was an outlaw when he was voted in. He is re-elected by his Middlesex constituents, then expelled and re-elected twice more, until Parliament declares his opponent, Henry Luttrell, the winner.
First of 69 anonymous Letters of Junius appears in the Public Advertiser, exposing political corruption. The politician Sir Philip Francis is now believed to have been responsible.

Art and science

Josiah Wedgwood opens his Etruria Works for the manufacture of pottery.
Inventor Richard Arkwright patents a spinning frame able to weave fabric mechanically.
Gordon's London Dry Gin is produced for the first time.
First Royal Academy exhibition is held.
Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage is first published.

International

Captain Cook observes the transit of Venus in Tahiti while his passengers, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, collect valuable specimens of Pacific flora. The expedition travels on to New Zealand where Cook begins charting the country's entire coastline.
Treaty of Madras ends the First Anglo-Mysore War but fails to settle dispute.
French inventor Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot tests a steam wagon, probably the first working mechanical vehicle.

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