Sir George Pocock
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Sir George Pocock
after Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, early 19th century, based on a work of circa 1761
29 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (756 mm x 629 mm)
Artistback to top
- Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist or producer associated with 182 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The portrait is perhaps a late 18th or early 19th century copy of a larger picture in a private collection. It shows Pocock in Flag Officer's full dress uniform with a telescope and, over his shoulder, the crimson ribbon of a Knight of the Bath. 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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Events of 1761back to top
Current affairsGeorge, Prince of Wales marries Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz at St James' Palace. He is crowned George III two weeks later.
Buckingham House, on the site of present-day Buckingham Palace, is purchased for the royal family.
Bridgewater canal, engineered by James Brindley, opens as Britain's first canal.
Art and scienceEstablishment of Matthew Boulton's toy factory, the Soho Manufactory, near Birmingham; considered the first modern factory in Britain.
Allan Ramsay becomes Painter to the King.
InternationalSeven Years' War: General Sir Eyre Coote captures Pondicherry from the French in India. A combined Prussian-Hanoverian-British force led by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats a large French army at the Battle of Villinghausen. France and Spain sign the Pacte de Famille forming an alliance against Britain. Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder fails to garner support to declare war on Spain.
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