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Maria (née Gunning), Countess of Coventry

4 of 89 portraits by Francis Cotes

Maria (née Gunning), Countess of Coventry, by Richard Houston, after  Francis Cotes, 1750s-1760s - NPG D34175 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maria (née Gunning), Countess of Coventry

by Richard Houston, after Francis Cotes
mezzotint, 1750s-1760s
12 5/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (322 mm x 224 mm) plate size; 16 in. x 11 3/8 in. (407 mm x 290 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1949
Reference Collection
NPG D34175

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  • Francis Cotes (1726-1770), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 89 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 191 portraits.

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Current affairs

Notorious highwayman James MacLaine is apprehended and hanged at Tyburn, having passed in society as a wealthy gentleman for two years.
Scottish landlords start evicting tenants in the Highland Clearances.
Westminster Bridge is opened, the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Putney.
Iron Act is passed restricting the manufacture of iron products in the American colonies.

Art and science

Electrician and experimental philosopher John Canton reads a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets.
Writer Samuel Johnson begins publishing his periodical The Rambler.
Artist Joshua Reynolds travels to Italy, where he remains until 1752.
Establishment of the Jockey Club; a gentleman's club which took over the regulation of British horse racing.

International

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach dies in Leipzig. He completes his Mass in B Minor, worked on over many years, shortly before his death.

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