Ann Bonfoy (née Eliot)
20 of 78 portraits by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt)
Ann Bonfoy (née Eliot)
by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), published by John Spilsbury, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, 1755 or after
14 1/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (358 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 18 3/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (468 mm x 295 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1962
Sitterback to top
- Ann Bonfoy (née Eliot) (1729-1810), Lady of the Bedchamber; wife of Hugh Bonfoy. Sitter in 6 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt) (active 1746-died 1766), Engraver. Artist associated with 78 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1415 portraits, Sitter associated with 39 portraits.
- John Spilsbury (1739-1769), Engraver and map and print seller. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
Events of 1755back to top
Current affairsGeorge Grenville resigns as Treasurer of the Navy and Henry Bilson Legge as Chancellor of the Exchequer in protest over payments made to Russia to protect Hanover. William Pitt the Elder is dismissed from the position of Paymaster of the Forces.
Art and scienceSamuel Johnson publishes his monumental Dictionary; the first authoritative dictionary of the English language.
Methodist preacher John Wesley publishes Notes on a New Testament.
InternationalAn earthquake nearly completely destroys Lisbon, Portugal. The event is widely discussed by European Enlightenment thinkers, inspiring Voltaire's Candide. Its intensive study leads to the birth of modern seismology and earthquake engineering.
Edward Braddock fights French and Indian troops in the Ohio valley. His army are ambushed at Fort Duquesne and he is killed; one of several encounters prior to the declaration of the Seven Years War.
Visit From Your Armchair
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.
Sculptures in 360°
See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.
Tell us more
Framed & unframed prints
Choose your favourite portrait from our Collection as a framed or unframed print for your home.