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House of Commons, 1730

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House of Commons, 1730, by Anthony Fogg, published by  Edward Harding, after  William Hogarth, and after  Sir James Thornhill, published 1 November 1803 - NPG D39372 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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House of Commons, 1730

by Anthony Fogg, published by Edward Harding, after William Hogarth, and after Sir James Thornhill
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1803
21 1/2 in. x 15 7/8 in. (545 mm x 402 mm) plate size; 24 5/8 in. x 20 1/4 in. (627 mm x 514 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1868
Reference Collection
NPG D39372

Artistsback to top

  • Anthony Fogg (active 1793-1806). Artist associated with 6 portraits.
  • Edward Harding (1755-1840), Engraver, publisher and librarian to Queen Charlotte. Artist associated with 186 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • William Hogarth (1697-1764), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 127 portraits, Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
  • Sir James Thornhill (1675 or 1676-1734), Father-in-law of William Hogarth, decorative painter and politician; MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter associated with 14 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • Aiskew, Clerk assistant, House of Commons. Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin (1645-1712), Financier. Sitter in 16 portraits.
  • Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837), Wit, Solicitor-General to the Prince of Wales and politician; MP for Calne. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
  • Richard Onslow, 1st Baron Onslow (1654-1717), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.
  • Arthur Onslow (1691-1768), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter in 13 portraits.
  • Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (1676-1745), Prime Minister. Sitter in 27 portraits.
  • Edward Stables, Clerk of the House of Commons. Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • Sir James Thornhill (1675 or 1676-1734), Father-in-law of William Hogarth, decorative painter and politician; MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. Sitter associated with 14 portraits, Artist associated with 23 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D14174: House of Commons, 1730 (from same plate)

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Events of 1803back to top

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The Vice Society is formally established by John Reeves and his associates to campaign against blasphemy and immorality, particularly that perpetrated by Thomas Paine and the Edinburgh Review.

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Erasmus Darwin's Temple of Nature published posthumously. A scientific treaty in the form of an elaborate couplet poem, its content anticipated some of the evolutionary ideas developed by his grandson, Charles Darwin, fifty years later.
Construction of the Caledonian Canal begins.


War with France resumes, sparking new fears of a cross-channel invasion.
United Irishman, Robert Emmett's attempted uprising in Dublin. Planned to coincide with Napoleon's expected invasion, it aimed to overthrow the English administration but ended in failure. Emmett is hanged along with several other conspirators.

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