Sir Philip Ainslie and an unknown boy

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Sir Philip Ainslie and an unknown boy

by James Scott, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1876
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D7187

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  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist or producer associated with 1425 portraits, Sitter associated with 40 portraits.
  • James Scott (circa 1809-circa 1889), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 137 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Following the introduction of the Royal Titles Act, Queen Victoria is proclaimed Empress of India, with Disraeli deliberately flattering Victoria's imperialist ambitions. In turn, Victoria creates Disraeli Earl of Beaconsfield; he continues to run government from the Lords.

Art and science

The classical-subject painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema, famous for his elegant depictions of the Roman Empire, paints An Audience at Agrippa's.
US inventor Alexander Graham Bell invents and patents the telephone following research into vocal physiology and speech instruction for the deaf, after discovering that sound could be transmitted and reconverted through an electric wire by using a continuous electric current.


15,000 Bulgarian Christians are slaughtered by Turkish troops in retaliation for the killing of 300 Turks in Batak at the start of the Bulgarian uprising. The Turkish government practices further repression by compulsorily transferring people of other ethnicities to Bulgaria to make the Bulgarians a minority. Gladstone published a pamphlet The Bulgarian Horrors and the Question of the East attacking Turkish actions, selling 200,000 copies in a month.

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Jean-Pierre MERIC

14 December 2017, 22:57

Philip Ainslie n'est pas né en 1728, comme indiqué ci-dessus. Il est le deuxième enfant de George Ainslie, négociant écossais arrivé à Bordeaux en 1713. Philip est baptisé catholique le 17 août 1729, à la cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux. Selon les sources d'archives, il quitte définitivement le Bordelais en 1751 ou 1752, de même que son frère George, son cadet de deux ans (baptisé aussi à Saint-André le 4 juin 1731).
George Ainslie père meurt à Bordeaux le 11 août 1773, et son épouse Jane Anstruther le 16 avril 1775. Ils sont enterrés tous les deux au cimetière protestant de la ville.
Le troisième fils Robert, associé au négoce de son père à partir de 1762, quitte Bordeaux vers 1772-1774, pour entamer une carrière de diplomate. Les cinq filles Ainslie, nées à Bordeaux vont y demeurer, s'y marier (pour quatre d'entre elles) et y décéder.