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King George I
by John Michael Rysbrack Click on the links below to find out more
terracotta bust, circa 1720-1735
24 3/4 in. (629 mm) high
- King George I (1660-1727), Reigned 1714-27. Sitter associated with 52 portraits.
Showing George I depicted in the Roman manner, crowned with laurel. 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).
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 50
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 87
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 240
Collapse of the South Sea Company's shares causes financial crisis in London and ruins many investors. Their rapid inflation and the speculation mania it had encouraged become known as the South Sea Bubble. Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend returns to the Whig ministry. Robert Walpole 1st Earl of Orford, who had resigned in 1717, also returns and restores public credit in December.
Art and science
Entrepreneur Ralph Allen is appointed to take over the Cross and Bye Posts, which manage mail not going via London, leading to his eventual reform of the entire British postal system.History painter James Thornhill is appointed Serjeant Painter to the King and becomes the first British artist to receive a knighthood.
Treaty of the Hague signed between Britain, France, Austria, the Dutch Republic and Spain ending the War of the Quadruple Alliance.In Lhasa, the Dalai Lama accepts Chinese imperial protection, which lasts until 1911.Two political parties emerge in Sweden's parliament and become known as the Hats and the Caps.