4 of 398 portraits by William Richardson
by Robert Hancock, published by William Richardson, after Joseph Wright
mezzotint, late 18th century
14 in. x 10 in. (356 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 15 3/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (401 mm x 285 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Artistsback to top
- Robert Hancock (1730-1817), Artist. Artist associated with 14 portraits.
- William Richardson (active 1777-1814), Bookseller, printseller and auctioneer. Artist associated with 398 portraits.
- Joseph Wright (1734-1797), Painter, known as 'Wright of Derby'. Artist associated with 19 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Ancient & Modern Print Warehouse, 174 Strand, London)
Events of 1766back to top
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Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham is dismissed as Prime Minister and succeeded by William Pitt the Elder.
Stamp Act, passed the previous year, is repealed.
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Oliver Goldsmith publishes his novel The Vicar of Wakefield.
Chemist Henry Cavendish publishes his paper 'On Factitious Airs' which is generally credited with showing the discovery of hydrogen.
First golf club in England opens at Blackheath in Kent.
Christie's auction house is founded in London.
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