7 of 10 portraits by Philip Dawe
by Philip Dawe, after A.L. Brandt
mezzotint, published 1785
16 in. x 11 in. (406 mm x 279 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (354 mm x 251 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1951
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- John Cennick (1718-1755), Lay preacher and Moravian minister. Sitter in 5 portraits.
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Current affairsGeorge Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.
Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.
Art and scienceWilliam Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task.
James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson.
Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.
InternationalWarren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India.
French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington.
British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.
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