Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire; Georgiana Dorothy (née Cavendish), Countess of Carlisle

Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire; Georgiana Dorothy (née Cavendish), Countess of Carlisle, by and published by George Keating, sold by  William Austin, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds, published 19 May 1787 (1784) - NPG D35167 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Georgiana Cavendish (née Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire; Georgiana Dorothy (née Cavendish), Countess of Carlisle

by and published by George Keating, sold by William Austin, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 19 May 1787 (1784)
13 7/8 in. x 16 in. (352 mm x 406 mm) plate size; 16 in. x 26 1/2 in. (406 mm x 673 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1868
Reference Collection
NPG D35167

Sittersback to top

Artistsback to top

  • William Austin (1721-1820), Drawing master and engraver. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • George Keating (1762-1842), Engraver and bookseller. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

Events of 1787back to top

Current affairs

Social reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
George III shows first signs of mental instability in November.

Art and science

Painter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon.
The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.

International

Captain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on The Bounty.
First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.
A British ship lands a party of freed slaves as the first modern settlers in Sierra Leone.
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
Bahamas become a British colony.

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