- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Francis Wheatley
oil on canvas, 1786
35 1/2 in. x 27 1/4 in. (902 mm x 692 mm)
Bequeathed by Mrs Elizabeth Gayton, 1907
Sitterback to top
- Arthur Phillip (1738-1814), Vice-Admiral, first Governor of New South Wales. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Francis Wheatley (1747-1801), Painter. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter associated with 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait, which depicts Phillip in his captain's undress uniform standing on a coastal shore, was painted in 1786 presumably in anticipation of his voyage to Australia.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 379
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 492
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1786back to top
Current affairsPhilosopher and politician Edmund Burke instigates impeachment proceedings against Warren Hastings, former Governor-General of Bengal after concerns about the moral standards of the British in India are raised.
Prime Minister William Pitt appoints commissioners for the reduction of the national debt and establishes a sinking fund of £1 million a year.
Government approves the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay.
Art and scienceRobert Burns publishes Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect bringing him immediate success across the country.
Engraver and publisher John Boydell initiates plans for his Shakespeare Gallery in an effort to establish a school of British history painting.
Merchant David Dale establishes New Lanark in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, as a model cotton milling community.
InternationalGeneral Charles Cornwallis succeeds Warren Hastings as Governor-General in India.
Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Marriage of Figaro premieres in Vienna.
Francisco Goya is appointed court painter to the Spanish king Charles III.