© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Peter Cross Click on the links below to find out more
watercolour on vellum laid down on gessoed card, 1703
3 3/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. (86 mm x 70 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery (originally Alan Evans Bequest), 1994
- Henry Brett (1677 or 1678-1724), Colonel. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 30
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 75
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 51
A great storm ravages southern England killing thousands at sea and wrecking several naval warships along the coast.The Scottish Parliament passes a Bill of Security stipulating that the successor to the Scottish throne is Protestant, descended from Scottish kings. It is vetoed by the English Parliament.
Art and science
Scholarly church historian, William Wake, publishes The State of the Church and Clergy of England
, a history of English synods since Anglo-Saxon times. Sailing and Fighting Instructions for her Majesty's Fleet
, by Admiral George Rooke provides the basis for English fleet tactics throughout the century.
Diplomat, John Methuen, negotiates commercial treaties between England and Portugal to facilitate trading relations. Portugal enters the grand alliance against France in the War of the Spanish Succession.