William Ansah Sessarakoo
William Ansah Sessarakoo
by John Faber Jr, after Gabriel Mathias
mezzotint, mid 18th century
12 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (326 mm x 225 mm) plate size; 13 3/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. (348 mm x 242 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- William Ansah Sessarakoo (active 1744-1749), African prince; son of John Bannishee Corrantee Chinnee of Annamaboe. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistsback to top
Linked publicationsback to top
- Hackforth-Jones, Jos; Bindman, David; Pratt, Stephanie; Ray, Romita, Between Worlds: Voyagers to Britain 1700-1850, 2007 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 March to 17 June 2007), p. 39
Events of 1748back to top
Current affairsIn his role as magistrate, Henry Fielding organises the forerunner of the Bow Street Runners, effectively London's first police force.
Fire in the City of London causes over a million pounds worth of damage.
Art and scienceTobias Smollett publishes The Adventures of Roderick Random.
Samuel Richardson publishes Clarissa; the longest novel in the English language.
Philosopher David Hume publishes An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.
Physician John Fothergill's pamphlet Account of the Sore Throat attended with Ulcers contains the first description of diphtheria.
InternationalAncient Roman city of Pompeii is rediscovered near Naples, further fuelling a resurgence of interest in the antique among British collectors such as the diplomat Sir William Hamilton.
Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle ends the War of the Austrian Succession.
French writer Montesquieu anonymously publishes his influential treatise on political theory L'Esprit des Lois (The Spirit of the Laws).
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