John Locke

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John Locke, by Michael Dahl, 1696 - NPG 5385 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Locke

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, 1696
29 7/8 in. x 25 1/8 in. (759 mm x 637 mm) oval
Bequeathed by Mrs C.C. Molyneux, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5385


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Sitterback to top

  • John Locke (1632-1704), Philosopher. Sitter in 36 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 167 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 114: John Locke (variant version)

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Current affairs

HMS Sovereign of the Seas is accidentally destroyed by fire at Chatham. Window Duty, based upon the number of windows in a house, is levied by Parliament to support William III's war with France. The Great Recoinage attempts to replace coins in circulation made up of hammered silver.

Art and science

Recently ordained, Jonathan Swift writes his first book, A Tale of a Tub, which includes an allegory of three brothers representing the principal divisions of Western Christianity. Architect and playwright, John Vanbrugh's hugely successful comedy, The Relapse, is staged at the Drury Lane Theatre.

International

After several years of secret negotiations forged by William III with Louis XIV, king of France, to end the Nine Years' War, envoys from both sides unofficially begin serious talks. Economic depression in Holland leads to riots in Amsterdam.

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