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The Audience of the Grand Signor (A Sultan of Turkey receiving a British Ambassador)

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The Audience of the Grand Signor (A Sultan of Turkey receiving a British Ambassador)

by Unknown artist, associated with Francis Smith, and Robert Pranker
watercolour and bodycolour, circa 1755-1765
20 3/8 in. x 29 3/8 in. (518 mm x 746 mm)
Bequeathed by William Agnew Moore, 1951
Primary Collection
NPG 3797

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  • Robert Pranker (active 1761-1763), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 4 portraits.
  • Francis Smith (circa 1705-circa 1779), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6577 portraits.

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  • NPG D18007: The Grand Signior giving Audience to the English Ambassador (source portrait)

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George Grenville resigns as Treasurer of the Navy and Henry Bilson Legge as Chancellor of the Exchequer in protest over payments made to Russia to protect Hanover. William Pitt the Elder is dismissed from the position of Paymaster of the Forces.

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