Jonathan Swift

1 portrait of Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas, early 18th century - NPG D31514 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jonathan Swift

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, early 18th century
5 1/4 in. x 3 1/4 in. (132 mm x 83 mm) paper size; 7 3/4 in. x 4 5/8 in. (197 mm x 117 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D31514


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Sitterback to top

  • Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Satirist and divine. Sitter in 26 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Charles Jervas (1675-1739), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 40 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

Events of 1700back to top

Current affairs

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.

International

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.

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