19 of 45 portraits by Johan Joseph Zoffany
by Richard Houston, published by Robert Sayer, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 28 May 1772
20 in. x 13 7/8 in. (507 mm x 354 mm) plate size; 21 5/8 in. x 15 1/4 in. (548 mm x 388 mm) paper size
Sitterback to top
- Catherine Wodhull (circa 1744-1808), Wife of Micahel Wodhull (1740-1816). Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistsback to top
- Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 191 portraits.
- Robert Sayer (1724 or 1725-1794), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 198 portraits.
- Johan Joseph Zoffany (1733-1810), Painter of portraits and conversation pieces. Artist associated with 45 portraits, Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
Events of 1772back to top
Current affairsSomersett's Case: William Murrary, 1st Earl of Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice, rules that slaves could not be taken out of their country against their will after the case of American slave John Somersett is brought before him.
Royal Marriages Act requires the monarch's consent for the marriage of all members of the royal family.
Art and scienceChemist Daniel Rutherford demonstrates his method for isolating nitrogen from other gases.
Inventor James Watt produces the first micrometer to simply and accurately measure small distances. It is to prove crucial in the development of early machinery.
Britain's first trunk canal, the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, opens for business.
InternationalSwiss pastor Johann Kaspar Lavater's Essays on Physiognomy revive the study of character through outward appearance.
Captain James Cook sets off, aboard HMS Resolution, on his second Pacific voyage.
First partition of Poland marks the start of Poland's disappearance as an independent state.
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