by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Bell, after Richard Cosway
stipple engraving, published 5 October 1784
11 in. x 7 5/8 in. (280 mm x 193 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1913
Artistsback to top
- Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 164 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
- John Bell (1745-1831), Publisher. Artist or producer associated with 88 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
- Richard Cosway (1742-1821), Miniature painter. Artist or producer associated with 98 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.
Events of 1784back to top
Current affairsTheatre 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 scienceAeronaut 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.
InternationalThomas 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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