by Richard Houston, sold by John Smith of Cheapside, sold by Robert Sayer, after Thomas King
mezzotint, mid 18th century
12 1/4 in. x 9 in. (310 mm x 228 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Artistsback to top
- Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 191 portraits.
- Thomas King (died circa 1796), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- Robert Sayer (1724 or 1725-1794), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 198 portraits.
- John Smith of Cheapside (active 1750-1792), Map and printseller. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
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Events of 1750back to top
Current affairsNotorious highwayman James MacLaine is apprehended and hanged at Tyburn, having passed in society as a wealthy gentleman for two years.
Scottish landlords start evicting tenants in the Highland Clearances.
Westminster Bridge is opened, the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Putney.
Iron Act is passed restricting the manufacture of iron products in the American colonies.
Art and scienceElectrician and experimental philosopher John Canton reads a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets.
Writer Samuel Johnson begins publishing his periodical The Rambler.
Artist Joshua Reynolds travels to Italy, where he remains until 1752.
Establishment of the Jockey Club; a gentleman's club which took over the regulation of British horse racing.