© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Peter Pelham, after Jan van der Vaart Click on the links below to find out more
13 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (348 mm x 250 mm) paper
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Edward Cooper (died 1725), Printseller. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 169 portraits.
- Peter Pelham (1695?-1751), Mezzotint engraver and painter in America. Artist associated with 33 portraits.
- Jan van der Vaart (1647-1721). Artist associated with 51 portraits.
Notorious thief and jailbreaker John 'Jack' Sheppard is hanged at Tyburn. General George Wade is sent to inspect Scotland, initiating an 11-year program of road improvement and bridge building in the Scottish Highlands.
Art and science
First of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters
is published; one of seven pamphlets railing against the debasement of Irish coinage. Blenheim Palace is presented as a gift to the Duke of Marlborough for his involvement in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs. Pope Benedict XIII succeeds Pope Innocent XIII as the 245th pope.King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne.