© National Portrait Gallery, London
Edward Winnington Jeffreyes (Jeffries)
by and published by Joseph Sympson (Simpson), after Michael Dahl Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, early 18th century
13 1/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. (337 mm x 239 mm) plate size; 16 5/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (421 mm x 288 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 167 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Joseph Sympson (Simpson) (died 1735 or 1736), Engraver and printseller. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
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.
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.