1 of 3 portraits of James Harris
- Extended Catalogue Entry
attributed to Frances Reynolds
oil on canvas, circa 1777
49 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1257 mm x 1003 mm)
Given by James Howard Harris, 3rd Earl of Malmesbury, 1865
Sitterback to top
- James Harris (1709-1780), Philosopher, critic, grammarian and politician; MP for Christchurch. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Frances Reynolds (1729-1807), Painter, poet and writer on art. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 236
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 283
Events of 1777back to top
Current affairsTrent and Mersey Canal is completed under the supervision of engineer James Brindley.
Philanthropist and reformer John Howard publishes his study The State of the Prisons in England and Wales.
Art and scienceArtist James Barry begins his monumental series of paintings The Progress of Human Culture for the Great Room of the Society of Arts in London. He completes it in 1783.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan's second play, The School for Scandal, is an immediate success in London's Drury Lane Theatre.
Entrepreneur William Bass establishes the Bass Brewery at Burton upon Trent.
InternationalAmerican War of Independence: George Washington, heavily defeated at the Battle of Brandywine, is forced to relinquish Philadelphia to the British under General William Howe. At the two Battles of Saratoga only weeks later General John Burgoyne is forced to surrender to the Americans, marking a turning point in the war. The Continental Congress agrees the final version of the Articles of Confederation, defining the terms on which states join the Union.
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