by Rupert Barber
pastel, circa 1745
23 7/8 in. x 19 7/8 in. (605 mm x 504 mm)
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
Artistback to top
- Rupert Barber (1719-1772), Portrait painter and miniaturist. Artist associated with 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This pastel portrait was drawn at the time of Swift's death. A near-profile portrait of the author is set within a still-life where symbolic wreaths adorn his works Gulliver's Travels and The Journal of a Modern Lady.
Events of 1745back to top
Current affairsSecond Jacobite Rebellion: the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie') lands in Scotland and proclaims his father king. Jacobite forces take Edinburgh and march into England as far as Derby but are forced to turn back due to lack of support.
The song later to become the British national anthem, God Save the King, is first performed at the Drury Lane Theatre in London in a setting by Thomas Arne.
Art and scienceWilliam Hogarth completes the six paintings of Marriage-à-la-Mode, his satirical take on upper-class eighteenth-century society.
West towers of Westminster Abbey are completed
Satirical writer Jonathan Swift dies.
InternationalWar of the Austrian Succession: the French army defeat Austrian, Dutch and British forces under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Fontenoy.
Madame de Pompadour becomes mistress to Louis XV of France.
Principle of the Leyden jar is discovered by German physicist, Ewald Georg von Kleist.
Artist Giovanni Batista Piranesi publishes the first of his Vedute (Views); a celebrated series of etchings of Rome.