6 of 36 portraits of John Locke
after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (1704)
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
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- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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Current affairsLord 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 scienceMathematical 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.
InternationalBattle 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.
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On display at Westminster School, London, UK