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George Drummond

1 of 2 portraits by J. Alexander

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George Drummond

by Miss A. Bell, after J. Alexander
mezzotint, (1752)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D1794

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  • George Drummond (1687-1766), Lord Provost of Edinburgh. Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • J. Alexander (active 1830). Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits, Sitter associated with 2 portraits.
  • Miss A. Bell (active 1840), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

Calendar Act (also known as Chesterfield's Act after Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield) comes into force, abolishing the old Julian calendar and adopting the more accurate Gregorian calendar. The year now begins on 1st January rather than 25th March.
Parliament passes a bill to bestow estates forfeited by Jacobites to the Crown and use the revenue to develop the Scottish Highlands.

Art and science

Artist William Hogarth publishes his influential book The Analysis of Beauty which presents his ideas about aesthetics.
Charles Avison publishes Essay on Musical Expression; the first work of musical criticism published in English.
Obstetrician William Smellie introduces scientific midwifery.

International

Benjamin Franklin flies a kite into a thunder cloud to demonstrate the nature of electricity.
Georgia becomes a royal colony; the last of the thirteen American colonies.
French seize or evict every English-speaking trader in the region of upper Ohio. Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia.
Robert Clive forces the surrender of French troops in the aftermath of the Siege of Trichinopoly in India.

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