by Edward Alcock
oil on canvas, 1760
59 3/8 in. x 39 1/4 in. (1508 mm x 997 mm)
This portraitback to top
In this portrait by Alcock, Shenstone is depicted in a classically-inspired interior setting. Through the arch is a view of the village of Halesowen and the 'ruinated priory' which he erected in the grounds of Leasowes. When describing the portrait in a letter to his fellow-poet Richard Graves, he identified the greyhound as 'my faithful Lucy'. 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
- Gibson, Robin, The Face in the Corner: Animal Portraits from the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, 1998, p. 42
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 247
- Robin Gibson, Pets in Portraits, 2015, p. 70
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 561
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Shropshire (sitter's house, The Leasowes, Halesowen, Shropshire)
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Events of 1760back to top
Current affairsDeath of George II on 25 October at the age of 76. George III succeeds to the throne at the age of 22.
Art and scienceGerman artist Johan Zoffany arrives in England, where he is instrumental in reviving the 'conversation piece' genre of painting.
First public exhibition of paintings in England is held at the Society of Arts' Great Room in the Strand, London.
The Public Ledger is founded; the oldest British periodical with continuous daily publication.
InternationalSeven Years' War: At the Battle of Carrickfergus in Ireland, a force of French troops captures the town of Carrickfergus before retiring.
Surrender of Montreal to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst signals the virtual loss of Canada by the French. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Mir Jafar and replace him with Mir Quasim.
Former Chief Tacky leads an unsuccessful slave rebellion in Jamaica, which aims to overthrow British rule.