Tobias George Smollett
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Tobias George Smollett
by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1770
27 in. x 20 3/4 in. (686 mm x 527 mm)
This portraitback to top
Smollett left England in 1768 or 1769 and died at the age of 50 at Monte Nero near Leghorn in 1771. The portrait is inscribed on the reverse as having been painted at Pisa. While the artist has not been identified and while not of the first rank he is clearly Italian. 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. 253
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 572
Events of 1770back to top
Current affairsAugustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford.
Art and scienceOliver Goldsmith publishes his poem The Deserted Village.
Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke publishes Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents discussing the limits of the King's authority.
17-year-old Thomas Chatterton, later hailed as a significant poet, commits suicide in a London garret.
Thomas Gainsborough paints his portrait of Jonathan Buttall, which later becomes known as The Blue Boy.
International'Townshend duties' on imports into the colonies are repealed, except for the duty on tea. However, this concession is soon followed by the Boston Massacre, in which British troops fire into an unruly crowd in Boston, killing five.
Captain Cook reaches the eastern coast of Australia, at a place which he names Botany Bay. He discovers the Great Barrier Reef when HMS Endeavour runs onto it. Cook claims New South Wales for the British.
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