1 of 6 portraits of George Wade
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attributed to Johan van Diest
oil on canvas, circa 1731
29 3/4 in. x 24 5/8 in. (756 mm x 625 mm) oval
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The attribution to Van Diest is based on comparison with a similar portrait at Bath commissioned by the City and hung in the Guildhall in 1731. Wade was MP for Bath, 1722-48. NPG 1594, formerly a three-quarter length in very bad condition, was reduced to the present oval at or before the time of acquisition in 1911. 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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InternationalTreaty of Vienna with Austria is signed by Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1st Earl of Chesterfield on behalf of Britain, marking the collapse of the Anglo-French Alliance (1727-1731) and the beginning of the Anglo-Austrian Alliance.
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