© National Portrait Gallery, London
after Simon de Passe Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 18th century
6 7/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. (176 mm x 120 mm) plate size; 9 3/4 in. x 6 1/8 in. (247 mm x 155 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
- John Smith (1580-1631), Soldier and colonist. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
The 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 science
Dramatist, 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.
Diplomat and poet, Matthew Prior, secretly negotiates with Louis XIV, king of France, a second partition treaty concerning the Spanish Empire. However, following the death of Spanish ruler, Carlos II, the agreement collapses since neither Spanish or Austrian governments accept the treaty's proposals.