by John Brooks
mezzotint, 1740 or after
14 in. x 10 in. (356 mm x 255 mm) plate size; 15 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (391 mm x 263 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
Sitterback to top
- Cornelius O'Callaghan (died circa 1740), Lawyer and Conservative politician; MP for Fethard. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- John Brooks (circa 1710-after 1756), Engraver and print publisher. Artist associated with 35 portraits.
Events of 1740back to top
Current affairsThe song Rule, Britannia! by Thomas Arne is performed for the first time at Cliveden, the country home of Frederick, Prince of Wales.
A now discredited account by antiquarian William Stukely asserts that Stonehenge was built by druids.
Art and scienceSamuel Richardson publishes the first two volumes of Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, the best-selling novel of the period.
Artists Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough both arrive in London. Reynolds is apprenticed to the leading portrait-painter Thomas Hudson, while Gainsborough begins his artistic training with the French engraver and illustrator Hubert-Francois Gravelot.
InternationalDeath of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI and the succession of his eldest daughter Maria Térèsa heralds the start of the War of the Austrian Succession. Britain, already fighting Spain (in the War of Jenkin's Ear), is drawn into the wider conflict as an ally of Austria until 1748.
Frederick II becomes King of Prussia.
Pope Benedict XIV succeeds Pope Clement XII as the 247th pope.
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