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Nicholas Amhurst

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Nicholas Amhurst

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1739 or 1740
9 in. x 12 1/2 in. (229 mm x 320 mm)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D976

Sitterback to top

  • Nicholas Amhurst (1697-1742), Poet and political writer; 'Caleb D'Anvers'. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6577 portraits.

Events of 1739back to top

Current affairs

Foundling Hospital is established in London by sea-captain Thomas Coram, with William Hogarth as a founding governor.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, begins his campaign of outdoor preaching, which he continues until his death in 1791.
'Great Frost': an unusually harsh winter in southern England.

Art and science

Philosopher David Hume anonymously publishes his Treatise of Human Nature, in which he applies the principles of experimental science to the human mind.

International

War of Jenkin's Ear: Convention of Pardo is held to settle differences with Spain, but Prime Minister Robert Walpole is forced to declare hostilities. At the Battle of Porto Bello, British forces under Admiral Edward Vernon capture the Panamanian town of Porto Bello from the Spanish.
Persian ruler Nadir Shah enters Delhi and removes much of the accumulated treasure of the Mughal empire.

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