2 of 3 portraits of Samuel Ireland
by Samuel Ireland, after Hugh Douglas Hamilton
10 1/2 in. x 8 5/8 in. (267 mm x 218 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Samuel Ireland (1744-1800), Writer and engraver. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 12 portraits.
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Events of 1776back to top
Current affairsTahitian visitor to London Omai returns home with Captain James Cook on his third voyage. During his two-year stay he inspired a play and was painted by Joshua Reynolds.
Member of Parliament David Hartley unsuccessfully introduces a motion to the House of Commons calling for the abolition of the slave trade.
Art and scienceEdward Gibbon produces the first volume of his monumental The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Artist John Constable is born.
Scottish economist Adam Smith analyses the nature and causes of prosperity in his magnum opus The Wealth of Nations.