by Charles Spooner, published by Robert Sayer, after Benjamin Wilson
mezzotint, published 1761
10 in. x 13 7/8 in. (253 mm x 353 mm) plate size; 10 3/8 in. x 14 1/2 in. (263 mm x 367 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Sitterback to top
- David Garrick (1717-1779), Actor, playwright and theatre manager. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Robert Sayer (1724 or 1725-1794), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 198 portraits.
- Charles Spooner (died 1767), Irish mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 31 portraits.
- Benjamin Wilson (1721-1788), Portrait painter and scientist. Artist associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
Events of 1761back to top
Current affairsGeorge, Prince of Wales marries Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz at St James' Palace. He is crowned George III two weeks later.
Buckingham House, on the site of present-day Buckingham Palace, is purchased for the royal family.
Bridgewater canal, engineered by James Brindley, opens as Britain's first canal.
Art and scienceEstablishment of Matthew Boulton's toy factory, the Soho Manufactory, near Birmingham; considered the first modern factory in Britain.
Allan Ramsay becomes Painter to the King.
InternationalSeven Years' War: General Sir Eyre Coote captures Pondicherry from the French in India. A combined Prussian-Hanoverian-British force led by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick defeats a large French army at the Battle of Villinghausen. France and Spain sign the Pacte de Famille forming an alliance against Britain. Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder fails to garner support to declare war on Spain.
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