Thomas Bradbury

1 portrait by Mary Grace

Thomas Bradbury, by John Faber Sr, published by  Thomas Bakewell, circa 1711-1716 - NPG D27501 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Bradbury

by John Faber Sr, published by Thomas Bakewell
mezzotint, circa 1711-1716
7 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (201 mm x 150 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D27501

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  • Thomas Bakewell (active 1729-1749), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 15 portraits.
  • John Faber Sr (circa 1660-1721), Draughtsman and engraver. Artist associated with 195 portraits.

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Current affairs

Queen Anne dismisses from office her closest companion, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, over disagreements principally concerning matters of state. Sarah's husband, the Duke of Marlborough, is also dismissed, a victim of ambition and political intrigue.
The South Sea Company is launched to undertake the nation's debt.

Art and science

Composer, George Frideric Handel's first London opera Rinaldo is staged at the Queen's Theatre and privately performed for the queen on her birthday at St. James's Palace. The following year Handel would leave the Hanoverian court to settle in London.
Essayists, Sir Richard Steele and Joseph Addison establish The Spectator.

International

Secret peace negotiations between France and England resume to end the War of the Spanish Succession. Lord treasurer, Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford sends poet and diplomat, Matthew Prior, to France accompanied by Louis XIV's secret negotiator, François Gaultier, to conduct talks directly with the French king.

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David Alexander

22 November 2015, 10:55

The mezzotint of Thomas Bradbury (D27501) which you have catalogued as being by Spilsbury after Mary Grace is in fact a re-issue of the mezzotint drawn and engraved by the elder Faber, c.1711-16 (Chaloner Smith 11). An early state of this print (1902,1011.952) can be seen on the BM website.

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