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Monument to David Garrick

by Thomas Letton, published by Victor Marie Picot, and published by John Harris, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple printed in red ink, published 23 May 1781
Primary Collection
NPG L269.B5.10

On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager. Sitter associated with 60 portraits.

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  • John Harris (circa 1740-1811), Map and printseller. Artist or producer associated with 11 portraits.
  • Thomas Letton (circa 1757-1813), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Victor Marie Picot (1744-1802). Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist or producer associated with 1424 portraits, Sitter associated with 39 portraits.

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Current affairs

American painter John Singleton Copley, now resident in London, completes his celebrated painting The Death of the Earl of Chatham, depicting the collapse of William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham on 7 April 1778, during a debate in the House of Lords on the American War of Independence.
William Pitt the Younger, later Prime Minister, enters Parliament.

Art and science

Astronomer William Herschel discovers Uranus, the first planet to be found by means of a telescope, and names it Georgium Sidus (George's Star) in honour of George III.
Artist and theatre designer Philip James De Loutherbourg presents his innovative miniature mechanical theatre, the Eidophusikon, at his house in Soho, London.

International

American War of Independence: British general Charles Cornwallis is forced to surrender at Yorktown. Maryland ratifies the Articles of Confederation - the last state to do so - completing 'the Confederation of the United States'.
Zong Massacre: 133 Africans are thrown overboard the slave ship Zong on the orders of a British slave-trader who then attempts to reclaim their value from insurers. The case becomes a landmark in the fight for abolition.

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