8 of 8 portraits of Benjamin Franklin
by Pierre Michel Alix, printed by Bechet, published by Marie Francois Drouhin, after Charles Amédée Philippe van Loo
etching and aquatint, circa 1790 (circa 1778)
14 3/4 in. x 11 5/8 in. (375 mm x 295 mm) paper size
acquired Fawcett's, Stationery Office, 1881
Sitterback to top
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Statesman; signer of the Declaration of Independence. Sitter in 8 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Pierre Michel Alix (1762-1817). Artist associated with 3 portraits.
- Bechet (active circa 1790), Printer. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Marie Francois Drouhin (active 1790-1813), Publisher. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- Charles Amédée Philippe van Loo (1719-1795), Painter. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
Events of 1790back to top
Current affairsAttempts to modify the Test and Corporation Acts are defeated, despite campaigning by dissenters such as the prominent Unitarian preacher and pamphleteer, Richard Price. The Acts prevented those outside the established church from holding government or military office.
Art and scienceJoseph Mallord William Turner exhibits his first painting at the Royal Academy; a watercolour of The Archbishop's Palace, Lambeth.
The Firth to Clyde and Oxford to Birmingham canals are begun.
InternationalEdmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France. A landmark work of opposition to the Revolution which offered a critique of the radical philosophy behind events in France; the Reflections have been read as an articulation of the foundations of modern British conservatism. George Vancouver explores the north west coast of America.
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