'The Dutch divisions'
4 of 6 portraits of Frederick William I, King of Prussia
'The Dutch divisions'
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 23 June 1787
5 7/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (149 mm x 223 mm) plate size; 6 1/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. (160 mm x 238 mm) paper size
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- Frederick William I, King of Prussia (1688-1740), Reigned 1713-40. Sitter associated with 6 portraits. Identify
- King George III (1738-1820), Reigned 1760-1820. Sitter associated with 193 portraits. Identify
- Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (1741-1790), King of Bohemia and Hungary. Sitter in 5 portraits. Identify
- Louis XVI, King of France (1754-1793), King of France 1774-1792. Sitter in 17 portraits. Identify
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Events of 1787back to top
Current affairsSocial reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
George III shows first signs of mental instability in November.
Art and sciencePainter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon.
The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.
InternationalCaptain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on The Bounty.
First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.
A British ship lands a party of freed slaves as the first modern settlers in Sierra Leone.
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
Bahamas become a British colony.
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