The Letter Woman
The Letter Woman
possibly by Philip Dawe, published by Carington Bowles, after Henry Robert Morland
hand-coloured mezzotint, 1769 or after
6 in. x 4 1/2 in. (153 mm x 114 mm) plate size; 7 1/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (181 mm x 144 mm) paper size
Given by David Padbury, 2016
Artistsback to top
- Carington Bowles (1724-1793), Printseller. Artist associated with 100 portraits.
- Philip Dawe (1745?-1809?), Painter and mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
- Henry Robert Morland (1719?-1797), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
Events of 1769back to top
Current affairsRadical John Wilkes is expelled from Parliament once again, on the grounds that he was an outlaw when he was voted in. He is re-elected by his Middlesex constituents, then expelled and re-elected twice more, until Parliament declares his opponent, Henry Luttrell, the winner.
First of 69 anonymous Letters of Junius appears in the Public Advertiser, exposing political corruption. The politician Sir Philip Francis is now believed to have been responsible.
Art and scienceJosiah Wedgwood opens his Etruria Works for the manufacture of pottery.
Inventor Richard Arkwright patents a spinning frame able to weave fabric mechanically.
Gordon's London Dry Gin is produced for the first time.
First Royal Academy exhibition is held.
Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage is first published.
InternationalCaptain Cook observes the transit of Venus in Tahiti while his passengers, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, collect valuable specimens of Pacific flora. The expedition travels on to New Zealand where Cook begins charting the country's entire coastline.
Treaty of Madras ends the First Anglo-Mysore War but fails to settle dispute.
French inventor Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot tests a steam wagon, probably the first working mechanical vehicle.
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