© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset
by Michael Vandergucht Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1714
5 1/2 in. x 3 3/8 in. (140 mm x 87 mm) paper size
Given by Charles John ffoulkes, 1933
- NPG D25785: Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset; Frances, Countess of Somerset (from same plate)
Queen Anne dies at Kensington Palace aged 49, on 1st August. The same day, under the Act of Regency, the regency council proclaims James I's great-grandson, George, elector of Hanover, king of Great Britain and Ireland, thus transferring the crown from the house of Stuart to the house of Hanover.
Art and science
Writer and politician, Sir Richard Steele, accepts the post of governorship for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Tenison, founds one of the first co-educational schools in Croydon.The Longitude Act offers a reward for the invention of a method of precisely determining a ship's longitude.
Despite the peace accord at Utrecht in 1713, ratification of the treaties of Rastatt and Baden are required to end the continued hostilities in the War of the Spanish Succession between the French king Louis XIV and Charles VI Archduke of Austria and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.