12 of 26 portraits of Samuel Butler
by George Vertue, after Gilbert Soest
engraving, circa 1700-1725
14 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (366 mm x 242 mm) plate size; 23 1/8 in. x 18 in. (587 mm x 458 mm) paper size
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Current affairsThe sudden death of Prince William, son of Princess Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, triggers a succession crisis. His birth had secured the succession of the crown to a Protestant, safeguarding the throne from any future claim by James II's Catholic son, James Francis.
Art and scienceDramatist, William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World premieres at Lincoln's Inn Theatre, receiving a mixed reception. It would achieve greater literary acclaim in modern times.
Poet, John Dryden, dies and is buried in Geoffrey Chaucer's grave in Westminster Abbey.