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John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower

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John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower

by John Faber Jr, sold by Charles Hitch, sold by John Parsons, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
mezzotint, 1743 or after
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (353 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 16 1/4 in. x 11 in. (412 mm x 279 mm) paper size
Given by Sir George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1883
Reference Collection
NPG D34659

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Artistsback to top

  • John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
  • Charles Hitch (active 1745-1749), Bookseller. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • John Parsons (active 1733-1803), Printseller. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
  • Jean Baptiste van Loo (1684-1745), Painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D2453: John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower (from same plate)
  • NPG D2491: John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower (from same plate)

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Events of 1743back to top

Current affairs

Henry Pelham becomes Prime Minister, following the death of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.
Last wolf in the British Isles is reputedly killed in Scotland.
Second Gin Act further attempts to deal with the widespread abuse of gin.

Art and science

Portrait-painter Michael Dahl dies.
Physician and cartographer Christopher Packe produces the first geological map of south-east England.
Final edition of Alexander Pope's literary satire The Dunciad is published.

International

War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen is fought in Bavaria. King George II leads the troops to victory over the French; the last time a British monarch participates in a battle. George Frideric Handel writes the oratorio Dettingen Te Deum in celebration. Treaty of Worms signed between Great Britain, Austria and Sardinia. France and Spain form the Alliance of Fontainebleau with the aim of recapturing Gibraltar from Britain.

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