1 of 11 portraits of William Warburton
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by Charles Philips
oil on canvas, circa 1737
49 3/8 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1254 mm x 1003 mm)
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- William Warburton (1698-1779), Bishop of Gloucester, critic and writer. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
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Warburton is writing on a paper headed, The divine Legation of Moses, concerning the truth of Christianity, the first part of which was published in 1737. No other version is known. The inscription as Bishop Warburton must be of 1759 or later. 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 affairsDeath of Queen Caroline, wife of George II, on 20 November.
Frederick, Prince of Wales quarrels with his father. The king expels him from court for criticising the government.
Theatrical Licensing Act introduces censorship, requiring plays to be submitted to the Lord Chancellor for approval and reducing the number of theatres.
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InternationalColonist William Byrd founds Richmond, Virginia.
French Académie Royale de Peintre et de Sculpture begins its programme of public exhibitions.
Florence loses her independence when the last Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany dies.
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