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by Thomas Gainsborough
oil on canvas, circa 1773-1775
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/4 in. (743 mm x 616 mm)
Given by the sitter's granddaughter, Miss Julia Carrick Moore, 1895
Artistback to top
- Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Portrait and landscape painter. Artist associated with 263 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
John Henderson met Thomas Gainsborough in Bath in 1772 when making his stage debut as Hamlet. Whilst admiring the actor's talent, Gainsborough advised him not to 'eat so devilishly'.
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Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 252
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 294
Events of 1773back to top
Current affairsTea Act grants the struggling East India Company a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
Brokers who meet to do business in Jonathan's coffee house in Threadneedle Street, London decide to call themselves the Stock Exchange.
General Turnpike Act regulates the system of road tolls.
Art and scienceSamuel Johnson and James Boswell undertake a journey together to the western islands of Scotland.
Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer debuts in London's Covent Garden Theatre.
InternationalCaptain James Cook becomes the first European explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle.
Boston Tea Party demonstrates opposition in the colonies to the import duty on tea. Some fifty colonists, disguised as Indians, tip a valuable cargo of tea into Boston harbour as a protest against the British tax.
Responding to pressure from the Catholic monarchs of Europe, Clement XIV abolishes the Jesuit Order.
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