4 of 11 portraits of Kitty Fisher
by Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt), after Sir Joshua Reynolds
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (353 mm x 251 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Catherine Maria ('Kitty') Fisher (circa 1741-1767), Courtesan. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Richard Purcell (H. Fowler, Charles or Philip Corbutt) (active 1746-died 1766), Engraver. Artist associated with 78 portraits.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.
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Events of 1751back to top
Current affairsFrederick, Prince of Wales dies and is succeeded by his son, later George III, as Prince of Wales.
Third Gin Act requires government inspection of distilleries and restricts sales to licensed premises in an effort to curtail consumption.
Art and scienceThomas Gray publishes his poem Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.
Philosopher David Hume publishes An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals.
Eliza Haywood publishes her novel The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless.
William Hogarth publishes his satirical engravings Beer-Street, Gin Lane and The Four Stages of Cruelty.
InternationalRobert Clive reopens hostilities with the French in India. He prevails after holding out during the siege of Arcot.
First part of the Encyclopédie - an innovative 28 volume encyclopedia which represented the dominant strains of Enlightenment thinking - is published in France, edited by Diderot.
Swedish chemist Alex Cronstedt identifies nickel as an impurity in copper ore as a separate metallic element.