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Wood-carver Grinling Gibbons arrives from Holland to begin an immensely successful career in England      
c. 1720
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Canaletto begins to specialize in views of the Venetian canals, finding his main customers among the British     
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The Flemish-born sculptor Michael Rysbrack creates a momument to Newton in Westminster Abbey        
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Jack Broughton, champion of England, opens an academy to teach 'the mystery of boxing, that wholly British art'       
English gardener Lancelot Brown sets up in business as a freelance 'improver of grounds', and soon acquires the nickname Capablity Brown      
Lancelot ('Capability') Brown, by Dance, 1751
National Portrait Gallery, London

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English painter Joseph Wright sets up a studio in his home town, Derby      
Wright of Derby Sir Brooke Boothby (detail) 1781
Tate Britain

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c. 1758
Joshua Reynolds, by now the most fashionable portrait painter in London, copes with as many as 150 sitters in a year     
Liverpool-born artist George Stubbs sets up in London as a painter, above all, of people and horses      
Stubbs A Gentleman driving a Lady in a Phaeton 1787
National Gallery, London

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c. 1759
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Portrait-painter Thomas Gainsborough moves from Suffolk to set up a studio in fashionable Bath      
Staffordshire potter Josiah Wedgwood sets up a factory of his own in his home town of Burslem       
Josiah Wedgwood after William Hackwood, 1759
National Portrait Gallery, London

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