© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sidney Godolphin, 1st Earl of Godolphin
after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 18th century, based on a work of circa 1704-1710
35 1/2 in. x 27 1/2 in. (902 mm x 699 mm)
Given by Baroness Lucas, 1917
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Lord High Treasurer, Sidney Godolphin, with considerable financial acumen,begins to shift the country's dependence from short-term borrowing to long-term. His management of the country's revenue allowed the government to fund John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough's successful fight against France.
Art and science
Mathematical scientist, Isaac Newton, recently made President of the Royal Society, presents his second major publication, Opticks
, to the Society. Daniel Defoe launches The Review
, a periodical dedicated to news, specifically the war in Europe; it is published thrice weekly.
Battle of Blenheim marks a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession, as allied armies under John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and Princes Eugene of Savoy and Lewis of Baden defeat the Franco-Bavarian army on the River Danube. Admiral George Rooke captures Gibraltar.