George Smith; John Smith

George Smith; John Smith, by George Smith, and  John Smith, circa 1760 - NPG 4117 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Smith; John Smith

by George Smith, and John Smith
oil on canvas, circa 1760
24 3/4 in. x 29 5/8 in. (629 mm x 752 mm)
Purchased, 1959
Primary Collection
NPG 4117

Sittersback to top

  • George Smith (1713-1776), Landscape painter and poet. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 3 portraits.
  • John Smith (1717-1764), Landscape painter. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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  • George Smith (1713-1776), Landscape painter and poet. Artist associated with 3 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • John Smith (1717-1764), Landscape painter. Artist associated with 1 portrait, Sitter in 4 portraits.

This portraitback to top

William, George and John Smith were three artistically gifted brothers known as 'the Smiths of Chichester'. George, the most talented of the three, specialised in landscape painting. In 1770 he and his brother John published a set of fifty-three etchings and engravings after their own works. This double portrait, the work of both brothers, is thought to have been painted about ten years earlier. The landscape in which they work has not been identified and may represent a romantic ideal. 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 1760back to top

Current affairs

Death of George II on 25 October at the age of 76. George III succeeds to the throne at the age of 22.

Art and science

German 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.


Seven 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.

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