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Martha Saunders

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Martha Saunders

by Francis Edward Adams, published by John Seago
mezzotint, published 4 June 1775
7 3/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (187 mm x 148 mm) plate size; 11 5/8 in. x 8 5/8 in. (295 mm x 220 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D4176

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  • Francis Edward Adams (active 1760-1774), Mezzotinter. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.
  • John Seago (active 1777-1809), Printseller. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.

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Current affairs

Act of Parliament extends inventor James Watt's patent (first granted in 1769) and the first steam engines are built under it.
First known building society - Ketley's Building Society - is established in Birmingham by Richard Ketley, landlord of the Golden Cross Inn.

Art and science

First performance of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals at the Covent Garden Theatre in London.
Artist J.M.W. Turner is born.
Satirist James Gillray's first engravings and etchings are published.
Navigator Captain Cook publishes his discovery of a preventive cure against scurvy, in the form of a regular ration of lemon juice.

International

War of American Independence begins with British defeat at Lexington and Concord and lasts until 1783. British achieve a narrow and costly victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Edmund Burke delivers a speech to the British Parliament on conciliation with the American colonies.
First performance of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic opera The Barber of Seville in Paris.
Pope Pius VI succeeds Pope Clement XIV as the 251st pope.

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