The Harcourt Family
6 of 8 portraits of George Simon Harcourt, 2nd Earl Harcourt
The Harcourt Family
by Charles Algernon Tomkins, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
9 in. x 9 1/2 in. (229 mm x 242 mm) plate size; 9 7/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (252 mm x 266 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Sittersback to top
- George Simon Harcourt, 2nd Earl Harcourt (1736-1809), Politician; MP for St Albans, fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Doctor of Civil Law. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- Elizabeth Harcourt (née Vernon), Countess Harcourt (died 1826), Wife of 2nd Earl Harcourt; daughter of 1st Baron Vernon. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- William Harcourt, 3rd Earl Harcourt (1743-1830), Field Marshal. Sitter in 9 portraits.
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Current affairsAnti-Catholic mob led by Lord George Gordon marches on Parliament to protest against the Catholic Relief Act, leading to the outbreak of the Gordon Riots in London. Six days of rioting are ended by the intervention of troops, with 285 people shot dead.
Dunning's Motion in Parliament attacks the influence of the crown, suggesting that it has increased and ought to be diminished.
Art and scienceRoyal Academy moves to Somerset House on The Strand, London.
Mrs E. Johnson's British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, begins publication.
Potter Josiah Wedgwood invents the pyrometer; a device used for measuring high temperatures.
InternationalAmerican War of Independence: British troops under Charles Cornwallis defeat American army under Horatio Gates at Camden, South Carolina. The capture of British army officer and spy John André yields proof that US general Benedict Arnold is in the pay of the British. André is executed in as a spy.
Second Anglo-Mysore War in India between Hyder Ali and the East India Company.
Bolshoi Theatre of opera and ballet is founded in Moscow.
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