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'Mr Bransbury in the Character of Aesop, Mr Parsons Old Man, Mr Watkins Servant. Lethe' (Robert Bransby; William Parsons; Mr Watkins)

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'Mr Bransbury in the Character of Aesop, Mr Parsons Old Man, Mr Watkins Servant. Lethe' (Robert Bransby; William Parsons; Mr Watkins)

by John Young, published by Thomas Simpson, after Johan Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 9th April 1788
Primary Collection
NPG L269.B6.32

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

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  • Thomas Simpson (active 1765-1799), Print publisher. Artist or producer associated with 6 portraits.
  • John Young (1755-1825), Mezzotint engraver. Artist or producer associated with 55 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Johan Joseph Zoffany (1733-1810), Painter of portraits and conversation pieces. Artist or producer associated with 50 portraits, Sitter associated with 11 portraits.

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Current affairs

Parliament begins an investigation into the slave trade, led by reformers Thomas Clarkson and William Wilberforce.
Regency Crisis; George III's madness is announced provoking a political storm.
Former Governor-General of Bengal Warren Hastings' trial begins before the House of Lords.
Henry Benedict Stuart becomes the new Stuart claimant to the British throne.

Art and science

Artist Thomas Gainsborough dies.
First edition of The Times newspaper is published in London.
Scottish engineer and inventor William Symington demonstrates the first paddle steamer on Dalswinton Loch near Dumfries.
Robert Burns writes his version of the Scots poem Auld Lang Syne.

International

Ministers of the French King, Louis XVI, reluctantly announce that the Estates General will meet the following year, for the first time since 1614.
United States constitution comes into force when New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it.
First Fleet reaches Australia, anchoring in Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip, selecting a suitable site for the first Australian penal colony, names the place Sydney Cove.

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