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John Edwin the Elder in the character of Lingo

2 of 2 portraits by John Alefounder

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John Edwin the Elder in the character of Lingo

by Charles Howard Hodges, published by Thomas Bradshaw, after John Alefounder
mezzotint, published 16 October 1784
16 in. x 10 1/2 in. (407 mm x 267 mm) plate size; 17 12 in. x 11 1/2 in. (445 mm x 293 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
Reference Collection
NPG D15107

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  • John Alefounder (1757-1794), Portrait and miniature painter. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Thomas Bradshaw (active 1784-1793). Artist or producer associated with 1 portrait.
  • Charles Howard Hodges (1764-1837), Portrait painter and mezzotint engraver. Artist or producer associated with 42 portraits.

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Current affairs

Theatre proprietor and postal reformer John Palmer runs the first mail coach in England, between Bristol and London. A three day journey is now completed in 16 hours.
Commutation Act reduces punitive duties on tea to combat smuggling.

Art and science

Aeronaut James Sadler makes the first hot air balloon flight in Britain, from Oxford to Woodeaton.
Chemist Henry Cavendish's paper Experiments on Air reveals the composition of water.
Writer Samuel Johnson dies.
Joshua Reynolds succeeds Allan Ramsay as Painter to the King.


Thomas Jefferson's Land Ordinance passed by the United States' Continental Congress, coming into effect the following year. It allows for the sale of land in the largely unmapped west of the country.
Britain receives its first bales of cotton from the United States since before the War of American Independence.
William Pitt's India Act creates a Board of Control to oversee the affairs of the British East India Company and centralise power.

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