20 of 26 portraits by John Ellys
by John Faber Jr, after John Ellys
mezzotint, circa 1732-1733
14 in. x 10 in. (355 mm x 253 mm) plate size; 14 3/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (364 mm x 257 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsSecession Church formed in Scotland.
Widespread fraud and abuses in the customs service revealed. Prime Minister Robert Walpole responds with the Excise scheme, under which the tariff on wine and tobacco is to be replaced by an excise tax.
British Hat Act limits manufacturing in the British colonies, forcing colonists to buy imported British-made goods.
Art and scienceFrederick, Prince of Wales attends a fancy-dress ball at Vauxhall Gardens, initiating its supremacy as London's most fashionable meeting place.
William Hogarth produces the first prints of A Harlot's Progress, having completed the painted series the previous year.
The original Covent Garden Theatre Royal (now the Royal Opera House) opens.
InternationalAustrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn is born.
Georgia in the American colonies is granted to a group of British philanthropists, to give debtors a new start in life.
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