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Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter

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Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter, by Peter Angelis, circa 1725 - NPG 624 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter

by Peter Angelis
oil on canvas, circa 1725
24 3/8 in. x 29 1/2 in. (620 mm x 750 mm) overall
Purchased, 1881
Primary Collection
NPG 624


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This group portrait of the court of Queen Anne is thought to show the institution of the new Knights of the Garter at a ceremony held at Kensington Palace on 4 August 1713, the year before the queen's death. Though the six knights then invested with the insignia of the Order cannot be individually identified in the picture, they were all of high rank, and included most notably the politician Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, and the erstwhile soldier and diplomat Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough. This scene is the work of Peter Angelis, a Flemish artist who worked in London (c.1716-28) painting small conversation pieces, and may have belonged to an intended series of paintings illustrating Stuart history.

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Notorious 'Thief Taker General' Jonathan Wild is hanged at Tyburn. He ran one of the most successful gangs of thieves of the era, while appearing to be the nation's leading policeman. Pardoned Jacobite leader Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke forms an opposition to the Prime Minister Robert Walpole. Order of the Bath is founded by King George I.

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Poet Alexander Pope produces a new edition of Shakespeare, which he rewrites and edits in numerous places. Philosopher Francis Hutcheson publishes his first major work An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue, published in two treatises concerning aesthetics and morality.

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Russian tsar Peter the Great dies. Treaty of Hanover between England, France and Prussia. Composer Antonio Vivaldi debuts the set of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Easter Oratorio in Leipzig.

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