5 of 6 portraits of Voltaire
by and published by Augustin de Saint-Aubin, after Dominique Vivant Denon, Baron Denon
line engraving, (6 July 1775)
6 5/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (168 mm x 118 mm) plate size; 7 3/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (187 mm x 136 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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- Voltaire (François Marie Arouet) (1694-1778), Writer, satirist, philosopher and historian. Sitter in 6 portraits.
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Events of 1775back to top
Current affairsAct of Parliament extends inventor James Watt's patent (first granted in 1769) and the first steam engines are built under it.
First known building society - Ketley's Building Society - is established in Birmingham by Richard Ketley, landlord of the Golden Cross Inn.
Art and scienceFirst performance of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals at the Covent Garden Theatre in London.
Artist J.M.W. Turner is born.
Satirist James Gillray's first engravings and etchings are published.
Navigator Captain Cook publishes his discovery of a preventive cure against scurvy, in the form of a regular ration of lemon juice.
InternationalWar of American Independence begins with British defeat at Lexington and Concord and lasts until 1783. British achieve a narrow and costly victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Edmund Burke delivers a speech to the British Parliament on conciliation with the American colonies.
First performance of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic opera The Barber of Seville in Paris.
Pope Pius VI succeeds Pope Clement XIV as the 251st pope.
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