Sir George Rooke

1 portrait on display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir George Rooke, by Michael Dahl, circa 1703-1708 - NPG 6769 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir George Rooke

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, circa 1703-1708
49 3/4 in. x 39 5/8 in. (1265 mm x 1005 mm)
Purchased, 2006
Primary Collection
NPG 6769


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Sitterback to top

  • Sir George Rooke (circa 1650-1709), Admiral. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.

Artistback to top

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

This portraitback to top

Michael Dahl was a personal friend of Rooke and painted him twice during this period. Rooke's imposing figure set before a threatening sky makes this an exceptional example of Baroque portraiture.

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Events of 1703back to top

Current affairs

A great storm ravages southern England killing thousands at sea and wrecking several naval warships along the coast. The Scottish Parliament passes a Bill of Security stipulating that the successor to the Scottish throne is Protestant, descended from Scottish kings. It is vetoed by the English Parliament.

Art and science

Scholarly church historian, William Wake, publishes The State of the Church and Clergy of England, a history of English synods since Anglo-Saxon times. Sailing and Fighting Instructions for her Majesty's Fleet, by Admiral George Rooke provides the basis for English fleet tactics throughout the century.

International

Diplomat, John Methuen, negotiates commercial treaties between England and Portugal to facilitate trading relations. Portugal enters the grand alliance against France in the War of the Spanish Succession.

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