1 of 2 portraits of William Whitehead
- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Benjamin Wilson
oil on canvas, 1758-1759
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (751 mm x 624 mm) oval
Purchased with help from the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 1993
Artistback to top
- Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788), Portrait painter and scientist. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 482
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 659
Events of 1758back to top
Current affairsComet observed in previous centuries returns exactly at the time predicted by astronomer Edmond Halley and is subsequently known by his name.
Art and scienceLiverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter.
James Woodforde, an English country parson, begins a detailed diary of everyday life, which is later published as Diary of a Country Parson.
InternationalSeven Years' War: British General John Forbes captures the strategic French stronghold Fort Duquesne and renames it Pittsburgh after British Secretary of State, William Pitt the Elder. British troops capture Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.
Pope Clement XIII succeeds Pope Benedict XIV as the 248th pope.
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