by Charles Grignion, after John Wollaston
line engraving, published 1776
5 1/2 in. x 5 in. (141 mm x 127 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (287 mm x 206 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Sitterback to top
- Thomas Britton (1644-1714), Known as 'The musical small-coal man'. Sitter in 8 portraits.
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Events of 1776back to top
Current affairsTahitian visitor to London Omai returns home with Captain James Cook on his third voyage. During his two-year stay he inspired a play and was painted by Joshua Reynolds.
Member of Parliament David Hartley unsuccessfully introduces a motion to the House of Commons calling for the abolition of the slave trade.
Art and scienceEdward Gibbon produces the first volume of his monumental The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Artist John Constable is born.
Scottish economist Adam Smith analyses the nature and causes of prosperity in his magnum opus The Wealth of Nations.