1 of 4 portraits on display at Handel House Museum, London
by John Wollaston
oil on canvas, 1703
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/2 in. (743 mm x 622 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
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- Thomas Britton (1644-1714), Known as 'The musical small-coal man'. Sitter in 8 portraits.
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Current affairsA 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 scienceScholarly 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.
InternationalDiplomat, 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.