- Extended Catalogue Entry
by George Beare
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1747
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Given by Martin Leggatt, 1922
This portraitback to top
In this portrait, Francis Price holds a drawing of the eastern crossing roofs of Salisbury Cathedral, which he had designed. His book of observations on the cathedral is one of the first architectural studies of a Gothic building. The painted wooden frame of the portrait alludes to Price's popular book of instruction The British Carpenter, used by builders and architects, including Nicholas Hawksmoor, who called it a 'very useful and instructive piece'. 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).
Linked publicationsback to top
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 222
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 505
Events of 1747back to top
Current affairsJacobite Simon Fraser, 11th Baron Lovat is found guilty of high treason and beheaded by axe at the Tower of London; the last man to be executed in this way in Britain.
Abolition of Hereditable Jurisdictions Act breaks the power of the Scottish clans.
Liverpool overtakes Bristol as Britain's busiest slave trading port.
Art and scienceActor David Garrick becomes co-manager of Drury Lane Theatre, London.
Physician James Lind undertakes one of the first controlled medical experiments on the effect of citrus fruit as a cure for scurvy.
Hannah Glasse publishes The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy; eighteenth-century England's most popular cookbook.