5 of 16 portraits of Andrew Marvell
by James Basire
etching, 1776 (1660)
10 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. (275 mm x 215 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Sitterback to top
- Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), Poet and politician; MP for Kingston-upon-Hull. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
Artistback to top
- James Basire (1730-1802), Engraver. Artist associated with 85 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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.