© National Portrait Gallery, London
James Craggs the Younger
studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, (circa 1708)
48 1/2 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1232 mm x 1003 mm)
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 61
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 88
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 150
James II's son, James Stuart, mounts an unsuccessful invasion of Scotland with a French fleet, endeavouring to reclaim the throne. Robert Harley, Duke of Oxford, having intrigued against the Duke of Marlborough and Earl of Godolphin, is dismissed from Parliament by Queen Anne. Queen's consort, Prince George of Denmark dies.
Art and science
The overall construction of St. Paul's Cathedral is completed. Sir Christopher Wren's son and the Master Mason lay the last stone on the lantern in a 'topping out' ceremony.
The allies' decisive victory against the French at the Battle of Oudenarde is principally due to William Cadogan, Earl of Cadogan's skilful deployment of an advance guard at opening stages of battle. Minorca is captured from Spain by the Anglo-Dutch navy.