© National Portrait Gallery, London
Peter King, 1st Baron King of Ockham
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1724
11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (286 mm x 207 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- NPG D36871: Peter King, 1st Baron King of Ockham (from same plate)
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First of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters
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Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs. Pope Benedict XIII succeeds Pope Innocent XIII as the 245th pope.King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne.