5 of 105 portraits of Edmund Burke
by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1770
14 7/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (377 mm x 276 mm) plate size; 15 3/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (389 mm x 290 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by C.M. Powell through the Art Fund, 1929
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- Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Statesman; orator; author. Sitter associated with 105 portraits.
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Current affairsAugustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton resigns as Prime Minister and is succeeded by Frederick North, 2nd Earl of Guilford.
Art and scienceOliver Goldsmith publishes his poem The Deserted Village.
Philosopher and politician Edmund Burke publishes Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents discussing the limits of the King's authority.
17-year-old Thomas Chatterton, later hailed as a significant poet, commits suicide in a London garret.
Thomas Gainsborough paints his portrait of Jonathan Buttall, which later becomes known as The Blue Boy.
International'Townshend duties' on imports into the colonies are repealed, except for the duty on tea. However, this concession is soon followed by the Boston Massacre, in which British troops fire into an unruly crowd in Boston, killing five.
Captain Cook reaches the eastern coast of Australia, at a place which he names Botany Bay. He discovers the Great Barrier Reef when HMS Endeavour runs onto it. Cook claims New South Wales for the British.