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John Aubrey

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John Aubrey, by Michael Vandergucht, after  William Faithorne, published 1719 - NPG D30214 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Aubrey

by Michael Vandergucht, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1719
6 3/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (162 mm x 98 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D30214

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Sitterback to top

  • John Aubrey (1626-1697), Antiquary. Sitter in 3 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 719 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • Michael Vandergucht (1660-1725), Engraver. Artist associated with 255 portraits.

Events of 1719back to top

Current affairs

Spanish invasion of Scotland fails. British forces defeat an alliance of Jacobite and Spanish forces led by George Keith, 10th Earl Marischal, amongst others, at the Battle of Glen Shiel. South Sea Company proposes a scheme under which it will buy more than half of Britain's national debt in exchange for trading concessions.

Art and science

Pugilist James Figg claims to be the first English bare-knuckle boxing champion; a title he will hold until the 1730s. Eliza Haywood launches her writing career with the best-selling novel Love in Excess, recounting the amorous escapades of the rake Count D'Elmont. Daniel Defoe publishes his novel Robinson Crusoe.


War of the Quadruple Alliance: French army under James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick invades the Basque provinces of Spain but suffers heavy losses due to disease. George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington assists in the taking of Messina and destroys the remaining Spanish fleet. Prussia conducts Europe's first systematic census. Principality of Liechtenstein is created within the Holy Roman Empire.

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