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William Aldrich

by John Brooks, published by Thomas Jefferys, published by William Herbert, after Anthony Lee
mezzotint, mid 18th century
13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (356 mm x 257 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (365 mm x 263 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D340

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  • John Brooks (circa 1710-after 1756), Engraver and print publisher. Artist or producer associated with 35 portraits.
  • William Herbert (1718-1795), Bibliographer and printseller. Artist or producer associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Thomas Jefferys (circa 1719-1771), Engraver, cartographer and publisher. Artist or producer associated with 32 portraits.
  • Anthony Lee (active circa 1724-1767), Painter and draughtsman. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.

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  • NPG D339: William Aldrich (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Robert Walpole resigns as Prime Minister following the scandal surrounding the alleged rigging of the Chippenham by-election. He is made 1st Earl of Orford. Carteret administration formed with Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington as Prime Minister.

Art and science

Composer George Frideric Handel's Messiah is first performed at The Great Music Hall in Dublin.
Ranelagh Gardens opens in Chelsea.
Writer Edmond Hoyle publishes the definitive rules of whist.
James Bradley succeeds Edmond Halley as Astronomer Royal.
Painter Charles Jervas' translation of Don Quixote is posthumously published.

International

War of the Austrian Succession: Treaty of Berlin, mediated by Britain, is signed by Maria Theresa of Austria and Frederick II of Prussia, ending the First Silesian War. George II acts as guarantor.
Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius proposes 100 degrees between the freezing and boiling points of water.

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