© National Portrait Gallery, London
King George II when Prince of Wales
by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1727 (1717)
17 7/8 in. x 13 1/2 in. (455 mm x 344 mm) paper size
- King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 849 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
George I dies on 11 January. George II is proclaimed king; the second Hanoverian on the British throne. Handel composes Zadok the Priest for his coronation which has been sung at every British coronation since.Royal Bank of Scotland is founded by Royal Charter in Edinburgh.Janet (Jenny) Horne of Loth, Sutherland, becomes the last alleged witch to be executed in Britain when she is burned at the stake in Dornoch, Scotland.
Art and science
Artist Thomas Gainsborough is born in Sudbury, Suffolk in May. Architect William Kent publishes Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones, including additional designs by himself and his patron Lord Burlington.German composer George Frideric Handel becomes a British subject.Scientist Sir Isaac Newton dies.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach conducts the first performance of his St Matthew Passion
in St Thomas's church, Leipzig.Spain besieges Gibraltar in order to recapture the territory from the British.