11 of 28 portraits of Nicholas Ridley
by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, 1697
12 1/2 in. x 7 1/4 in. (317 mm x 185 mm) plate size; 13 5/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (345 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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Current affairsWilliam III argues for the existence of a peacetime standing army to maintain England's safety. Unpopular with both political parties, Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, leads the opposition against the proposal.
The first service at St. Paul Cathedral is held since the building was destroyed by the Great Fire.
Art and scienceCircumnavigator, William Dampier, publishes New Voyage Round the World.
Painter and member of the Whiggish Kit-Cat Club, Godfrey Kneller starts to paint the club's members devising a special portrait size for the series.