Sir Crisp Gascoyne

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Sir Crisp Gascoyne

by James Macardell, after William Keable
mezzotint, 1753?
18 3/4 in. x 13 7/8 in. (476 mm x 352 mm) plate size; 20 1/4 in. x 14 1/8 in. (513 mm x 359 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1955
Reference Collection
NPG D34370

Sitterback to top

  • Sir Crisp Gascoyne (baptised 1700-1761), Lord Mayor of London; father of Bamber Gascoyne. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistsback to top

  • William Keable (active circa 1753-died 1774), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 2 portraits.
  • James Macardell (1727 or 1728-1765), Mezzotint engraver. Artist or producer associated with 294 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

Events of 1753back to top

Current affairs

After a month's absence, servant Elizabeth Canning returns to her mother's house claiming that she was abducted. The following trial causes uproar and becomes one of the most famous criminal mysteries of the century.
Hardwicke's Marriage Act (named after its champion Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke) is passed, aimed at preventing clandestine marriages.

Art and science

Artist Joshua Reynolds establishes his portrait practice in London.
Swiss painter and pastellist Jean-Etienne Liotard arrives in London where he enjoys great success until his departure in 1756.


George Washington undertakes a difficult and ineffectual journey to persuade the French to withdraw from the Ohio valley.
First steam engine arrives in the American colonies.
First official celebration of St Patrick's Day on 17 March, organised by the Charitable Irish Society in Boston.
Britain, Austria and Modena sign a secret military treaty.

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