George Smith; John Smith
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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)
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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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- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 252
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 52 Read entry
The brothers George and John Smith worked in partnership, often on the same canvas. They combined the study of reproductions of the works of Claude and Poussin with their own observations taken directly from nature using a camera obscura. Their double portrait, in reflective poses, is a sympathetic rendering of their working relationship.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 570
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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.