© National Portrait Gallery, London
Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork
by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
13 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (350 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (370 mm x 271 mm) paper size
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1681 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Bank of England moves to its present building in Threadneedle Street, London, designed by the architect John Soane. Engravers' Copyright Act, known as 'Hogarth's Act' is passed to prevent the piracy of prints. Prime Minister Robert Walpole wins his third General Election victory.
Art and science
Artist James Thornhill dies.William Hogarth completes A Rake's Progress
series of paintings. . Society of Dilettanti is founded in London; a group of noblemen and scholars who had been on the Grand Tour and aim to promote the study of ancient Greek and Roman art. Oriental scholar George Sale translates the Qu'ran into English for the first time.
French, Sardinian and Spanish troops defeat Austrians throughout Italy. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI declares war on France. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Christmas Oratorio