A Lady and her Children
A Lady and her Children
by and published by Thomas Watson, and published by William Dickinson, after Daniel Gardner
mezzotint, published 1 January 1778
19 1/8 in. x 21 1/8 in. (486 mm x 535 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sittersback to top
- Lady Harriet Cockerell (née Rushout) (died 1851), Wife of Sir Charles Cockerell of Sezincot; daughter of 1st Earl Northwick. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Rebecca Rushout (née Bowles), Lady Northwick (1740-1818), Wife of 1st Baron Northwick. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick (1770-1859), Art collector and connoisseur. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Anne Rushout (circa 1768-1849), Watercolorist; eldest daughter of 1st Earl Northwick. Sitter in 4 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- William Dickinson (1746-1823), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 84 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Daniel Gardner (circa 1750-1805), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Thomas Watson (1750-1781), Engraver. Artist associated with 56 portraits.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (142 New Bond Street, London; Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1778back to top
Current affairsCatholic Relief Act is the first to provide a measure of catholic emancipation, modifying the penal laws that effectively prevented Catholics from holding public office. The reform is encouraged by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Mansfield, who had balked at various prosecutions under the statutes now repealed.
Art and scienceFrancis D'Arblay, writing as Fanny Burney, publishes her novel Evelina, or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World, in which she satirises contemporary society.
Engineer Joseph Bramah invents a type of flush toilet, replacing the usual slide valve with a hinged flap that seals the bottom of the bowl.
InternationalAmerican War of Independence: France, joining the American colonies in their fight against Britain, sends a large fleet across the Atlantic. The British rapidly abandon Philadelphia. The American naval hero John Paul Jones makes successful raids around the coasts of Britain.
James Cook's third Pacific voyage, aboard the ships HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery, first views Oahu then Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands, which Cook names the Sandwich Islands.