© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Wollaston Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 1703
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/2 in. (743 mm x 622 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
- Thomas Britton (1644-1714), Known as 'The musical small-coal man'. Sitter in 8 portraits.
- John Wollaston (circa 1672-1749). Artist associated with 19 portraits.
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 31
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 34
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 78
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.