after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (1702)
38 in. x 32 in. (965 mm x 813 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1945
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- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1682 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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This portrait is a copy of one made by Sir Godfrey Kneller in 1702. The copy is smaller than the original, to conform to the size of the other portraits of the Kit-cat Club.
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Current affairsWilliam III dies and is succeeded by Anne, his sister-in-law, the second daughter of James II and Anne Hyde. Committed to the Church of England and swayed towards Tory values, the queen would enjoy considerable popularity. The general election sweeps the Tories to power in a landslide victory.
Art and scienceWriter, Daniel Defoe, publishes the Shortest Way with the Dissenters. The pamphlet is considered critical of the Anglican Church and Defoe is eventually arrested for seditious libel and briefly imprisoned. The Daily Courant, Britain's first daily newspaper consisting of one page with two columns, is printed by Edward Mallet.
InternationalAdmiral George Rooke overwhelmingly defeats a French squadron escorting a Spanish silver fleet from South America, at the naval Battle of Vigo Bay. In the War of the Spanish Succession, John Churchill, Captain-General of the Forces, forces the French to withdraw from the River Maas.
- Portrait of the Day: Sir Isaac Newton
26 June, 12:30