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Brook Taylor

3 of 3 portraits of Brook Taylor

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Brook Taylor

by Richard Earlom, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1793
8 in. x 5 1/4 in. (203 mm x 134 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (265 mm x 170 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D6930

Sitterback to top

  • Brook Taylor (1685-1731), Mathematician. Sitter in 3 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Richard Earlom (1743-1822), Engraver. Artist associated with 107 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist associated with 6555 portraits.

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Current affairs

Whig MP Charles Grey enters a motion for parliamentary reform but is defeated in the House of Commons.

Art and science

Radical philosopher William Godwin publishes Political Justice, an inflamatory document that promoted rational anarchism. This crystallised a wider feeling that a new era of world peace and progress was beginning.
Sir William Beechey is appointed Portrait Painter to her Majesty, Queen Charlotte.

International

Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette are executed and the Reign of Terror begins.
France declares war on Britain, Holland and then Spain. William Pitt addresses the House of Commons and Britain hesitantly joins the first coalition of anti-revolutionary European states to oppose the French threat.
Attack on Corsica in which Captain Horatio Nelson loses an eye.

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