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Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany

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Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany

by Richard Houston, published by Elizabeth Bakewell, and published by Henry Parker, and published by Robert Sayer, after Henry Robert Morland
mezzotint, published circa 1762-1775
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (352 mm x 250 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D14232

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  • Elizabeth Bakewell (active 1749-1770s), Publisher. Artist associated with 23 portraits.
  • Richard Houston (1721 or 1722-1775), Engraver. Artist associated with 191 portraits.
  • Henry Robert Morland (1719?-1797), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 23 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
  • Henry Parker (1725?-1809), Book and printseller. Artist associated with 40 portraits.
  • Robert Sayer (1724 or 1725-1794), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 198 portraits.

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  • NPG D20335: Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (from same plate)
  • NPG D7928: Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (from same plate)
  • NPG D7929: Edward Augustus, Duke of York and Albany (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Birth of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) on 12 August.
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle resigns as Prime Minister over foreign policy and is succeeded by the Tory John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. Many of Newcastle's followers are dismissed over the following months in what becomes popularly known as the 'Massacre of the Pelhamite Innocents'.
'Cock Lane ghost' appears in Smithfield, London.

Art and science

James MacPherson publishes Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem, said to be the work of the third century Scottish bard Ossian, initiating the greatest literary hoax of the century.
Sign-Painters Exhibition is organised in London by Bonnell Thornton to ridicule recently established public art exhibitions.
Artist William Hogarth publishes The Times Plate 1; an anti-war satire.

International

Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau publishes his major works The Social Contract and Emile; influential treatises on society and education. Peter III of Russia is reputedly assassinated as a result of a conspiracy led by his wife Catherine, who succeeds him to the throne as Catherine II (later the Great).
Seven Years' War: The British commander John Manners Marquess of Granby distinguishes himself at the Battle of Manila.

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