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Philip Frowde

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Philip Frowde

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1738 (1732)
13 1/2 in. x 8 3/4 in. (343 mm x 223 mm) plate size; 16 3/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (417 mm x 294 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1964
Reference Collection
NPG D38440

Sitterback to top

  • Philip Frowde (died 1738), Poet, dramatist and friend of Addison. Sitter in 4 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
  • Thomas Murray (1663-1735), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 86 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.

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Fetter Lane Society founded in London by the Moravians; a reformed group of Protestants led by exiled Saxon Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. He visits Britain to petition the king for protection for Moravian missionaries working in the British colonies. An act to this effect is finally passed in 1749.
John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement.



Art and science

Artist Allan Ramsay returns to London from Rome and sets himself up as a portrait painter.
Metallurgist William Champion patents a process to distil zinc from calamine using charcoal in a smelter.

International

Methodist preacher George Whitefield arrives in Savannah, Georgia to replace John Wesley; the first of seven visits across the Atlantic which make him one of the most widely recognised figures in the American colonies.
Merchant sailor Robert Jenkins presents his pickled ear (cut off by Spanish coast-guards in Cuba in 1731) to Parliament stirring up war fever against Spain and leading to the War of Jenkins' Ear the following year.

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