by D.P. Pariset, published by and after Pierre-Étienne Falconet
stipple engraving, 1768
6 7/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (175 mm x 125 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- Benjamin West (1738-1820), History painter and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter associated with 43 portraits, Artist associated with 39 portraits.
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Events of 1768back to top
Current affairsWilliam Pitt the Elder retires as Prime Minister due to ill health and is succeeded by Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton.
Radical outlaw John Wilkes returns to England from France and is elected as MP for Middlesex. He finally surrenders to the King's Bench and is imprisoned.
Art and scienceThe Royal Academy is founded with painter Joshua Reynolds as its first president.
Encyclopaedia Britannica begins publication in Edinburgh. It appears in weekly instalments under the editorship of William Smellie.
Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in what is now Waterloo.
Laurence Sterne publishes A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.
InternationalCaptain James Cook leads his first expedition to the Pacific from Plymouth, heading for Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus.
Boston citizens refuse to quarter British troops amidst growing unrest in the American colonies
Corsica is sold to France by the Republic of Genoa.
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