© National Portrait Gallery, London
Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange
by John Simon, after Philip Mercier Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, mid 18th century
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (351 mm x 251 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Philip Mercier (1691-1760), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
George II's son Frederick, soon to be Prince of Wales, arrives in Britain for the first time, aged 21.Satirist Jonathan Swift publishes A Short View on the State of Ireland
which severely criticises British policy in Ireland. Composer George Frideric Handel is appointed director of the King's Theatre, London.
Art and science
John Gay's The Beggar's Opera
debuts at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London.First version of Alexander Pope's landmark literary satire The Dunciad
is published.Astronomer James Bradley uses stellar aberration to calculate the speed of light and observes the nutation of the Earth's axis.
British troops under Sir Charles Wager remain steadfast in Gibraltar and Spain ends its siege. Convention of Prado ends the one-year war between Britain and Spain. Danish explorer Vitus Bering sails into Arctic seas through the strait between Asia and America now known by his name.