after Wilhelm von Bemmel
line engraving, 1750s-1770s
7 3/8 in. x 4 1/4 in. (187 mm x 109 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- William Harvey (1578-1657), Physician, discovered the circulation of the blood. Sitter in 19 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Wilhelm von Bemmel (1630-1708), Painter and engraver. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
Events of 1750back to top
Current affairsNotorious highwayman James MacLaine is apprehended and hanged at Tyburn, having passed in society as a wealthy gentleman for two years.
Scottish landlords start evicting tenants in the Highland Clearances.
Westminster Bridge is opened, the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Putney.
Iron Act is passed restricting the manufacture of iron products in the American colonies.
Art and scienceElectrician and experimental philosopher John Canton reads a paper before the Royal Society on a method of making artificial magnets.
Writer Samuel Johnson begins publishing his periodical The Rambler.
Artist Joshua Reynolds travels to Italy, where he remains until 1752.
Establishment of the Jockey Club; a gentleman's club which took over the regulation of British horse racing.
InternationalComposer Johann Sebastian Bach dies in Leipzig. He completes his Mass in B Minor, worked on over many years, shortly before his death.
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