Sir William Wallace
6 of 8 portraits of Sir William Wallace
Sir William Wallace
after Thomas Watson
mezzotint, published 1757
14 1/8 in. x 10 in. (358 mm x 253 mm) plate size; 16 1/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (410 mm x 261 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Sir William Wallace (1272?-1305), Scottish patriot and hero of romance. Sitter in 8 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Thomas Watson (1750-1781), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 56 portraits.
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Events of 1757back to top
Current affairsAdmiral Sir John Byng is executed by firing squad aboard HMS Monarch in Portsmouth harbour for failing to prevent the loss of Minorca to the French.
William Pitt the Elder resigns from government after his failure to achieve success in the Seven Years War. He is recalled to government in June in coalition with former Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.
Art and scienceDesigner Robert Adam returns to London after two years in Rome with a repertoire of classical themes which will form the basis of a new British neo-classicism.
Edmund Burke publishes his seminal work A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful.
Philosopher David Hume publishes The Natural History of Religion.
Artist William Blake is born in Soho, London.
InternationalSeven Years War: Victory for British ally, Frederick the Great, at Rossbach and Leuthen. Defeats for the British in India and Canada followed by British victory at the Battle of Plassey, led by Robert Clive, which secures British control of Bengal. British troops oust the Nawab of Bengal Siraj ud-Daulah and replace him with his uncle the pro-British Mir Jafar.
Italian pastellist Rosalba Carriera dies in Venice.
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