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Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

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Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent', by John Thornthwaite, published by  John Bell, after  James Roberts, published 16 July 1776 - NPG D8943 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent'

by John Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after James Roberts
hand-coloured line engraving, published 16 July 1776
6 in. x 3 5/8 in. (152 mm x 92 mm)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D8943

Sitterback to top

  • Mary Ann Yates (1728-1787), Actress. Sitter associated with 53 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • John Bell (1745-1831), Publisher. Artist associated with 88 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • James Roberts (1753-in or after 1809), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 52 portraits.
  • John Thornthwaite (born 1740?), Engraver. Artist associated with 31 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D8941: Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent' (from same plate)
  • NPG D8942: Mary Ann Yates as Calista in Rowe's 'The Fair Penitent' (from same plate)

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Tahitian visitor to London Omai returns home with Captain James Cook on his third voyage. During his two-year stay he inspired a play and was painted by Joshua Reynolds.
Member of Parliament David Hartley unsuccessfully introduces a motion to the House of Commons calling for the abolition of the slave trade.

Art and science

Edward Gibbon produces the first volume of his monumental The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Artist John Constable is born.
Scottish economist Adam Smith analyses the nature and causes of prosperity in his magnum opus The Wealth of Nations.


American War of Independence: George Washington raises a new American flag on Prospect Hill, Boston. In an anonymous pamphlet entitled Common Sense, English immigrant Thomas Paine is the first to argue that the American colonies should be independent. Declaration of American Independence on 4 July.

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