Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt

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Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, 3rd Bt

by J. Aberry, after Thomas Hudson
etching, 1753
14 7/8 in. x 10 7/8 in. (377 mm x 276 mm) plate size; 14 7/8 in. x 11 in. (379 mm x 280 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1952
Reference Collection
NPG D36220

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  • J. Aberry (active 1738-1753), Painter and engraver. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist or producer associated with 182 portraits.

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After a month's absence, servant Elizabeth Canning returns to her mother's house claiming that she was abducted. The following trial causes uproar and becomes one of the most famous criminal mysteries of the century.
Hardwicke's Marriage Act (named after its champion Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke) is passed, aimed at preventing clandestine marriages.



Art and science

Artist Joshua Reynolds establishes his portrait practice in London.
Swiss painter and pastellist Jean-Etienne Liotard arrives in London where he enjoys great success until his departure in 1756.


International

George Washington undertakes a difficult and ineffectual journey to persuade the French to withdraw from the Ohio valley.
First steam engine arrives in the American colonies.
First official celebration of St Patrick's Day on 17 March, organised by the Charitable Irish Society in Boston.
Britain, Austria and Modena sign a secret military treaty.

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