1 of 7 portraits of George Vertue
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by Jonathan Richardson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1733
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
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- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist associated with 864 portraits.
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- Jonathan Richardson (1667-1745), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 125 portraits, Sitter in 8 portraits.
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This portrait by George Vertue's fellow artist, Jonathan Richardson, was given by Vertue's widow to the British Museum in 1775 and was transferred to the National Portrait Gallery in 1879.
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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Current affairsPrime Minister Robert Walpole narrowly escapes defeat in the House of Lords over the investigation into the South Sea affair. His Excise scheme, introduced the previous year, also provokes widespread resistance among merchants and is withdrawn.
Sugar and Molasses Act is passed by Parliament to tax British colonists in North America.
Art and scienceJohn Kay, working in the Lancashire woollen industry, patents the flying shuttle to speed up weaving.
Poet Alexander Pope publishes his philosophical Essay on Man, which proposes a system of ethics in poetic form.
Clergyman Stephen Hales publishes the second volume of his Statical Essays, Haemastaticks, describing the measurement of the 'force of the blood', later known as blood pressure.
InternationalPhilip V of Spain and Louis XV of France sign the Treaty of Escurial and form an alliance against Britain.
Voltaire publishes Letters on the English Nation comparing France unfavourably with England.
British colonist James Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia.
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