© National Portrait Gallery, London
studio of Michael Dahl Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1727
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
- Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Poet. Sitter associated with 44 portraits.
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 167 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Pope is shown in the act of writing with a quill pen. The portrait is one of several versions dating to the late 1720s. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).
George I dies on 11 January. George II is proclaimed king; the second Hanoverian on the British throne. Handel composes Zadok the Priest for his coronation which has been sung at every British coronation since.Royal Bank of Scotland is founded by Royal Charter in Edinburgh.Janet (Jenny) Horne of Loth, Sutherland, becomes the last alleged witch to be executed in Britain when she is burned at the stake in Dornoch, Scotland.
Art and science
Artist Thomas Gainsborough is born in Sudbury, Suffolk in May. Architect William Kent publishes Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones, including additional designs by himself and his patron Lord Burlington.German composer George Frideric Handel becomes a British subject.Scientist Sir Isaac Newton dies.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach conducts the first performance of his St Matthew Passion
in St Thomas's church, Leipzig.Spain besieges Gibraltar in order to recapture the territory from the British.