Sir Richard Steele

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Sir Richard Steele, by John Faber Jr, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1733 (1711) - NPG D33123 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Richard Steele

by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1733 (1711)
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (351 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 10 3/4 in. (372 mm x 272 mm) paper size
acquired
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NPG D33123


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  • 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 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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Prime Minister Robert Walpole narrowly escapes defeat in the House of Lords over the investigation into the South Sea affair. His Excise scheme, introduced the previous year, also provokes widespread resistance among merchants and is withdrawn. Sugar and Molasses Act is passed by Parliament to tax British colonists in North America.

Art and science

John Kay, working in the Lancashire woollen industry, patents the flying shuttle to speed up weaving. Poet Alexander Pope publishes his philosophical Essay on Man, which proposes a system of ethics in poetic form. Clergyman Stephen Hales publishes the second volume of his Statical Essays, Haemastaticks, describing the measurement of the 'force of the blood', later known as blood pressure.

International

Philip V of Spain and Louis XV of France sign the Treaty of Escurial and form an alliance against Britain. Voltaire publishes Letters on the English Nation comparing France unfavourably with England. British colonist James Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia.

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