© National Portrait Gallery, London
by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (353 mm x 251 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 11 1/8 in. (385 mm x 282 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1908
- Mary Knight (baptised 1631-in or after 1698), Singer and favourite of Charles II. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- 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 1679 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Royal Fireworks in Green Park to celebrate the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle. 10,000 rockets are let off at a cost of £8,000. Composer George Frideric Handel's accompanying Music for the Royal Fireworks
is performed for the first time.George II is introduced to William Ansah Sessarakoo the 'Prince of Annamaboe'. The son of a wealthy chief from the West African Gold Coast, he had been taken prisoner and made a slave in the West Indies.
Art and science
Horace Walpole buys the house and grounds which he will transform into his neo-Gothic fantasy, Strawberry Hill, in Twickenham, London.Henry Fielding publishes his comic novel Tom Jones
. John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure)
is published. The author is released from debtor's prison but arrested again later in the year and charged with corrupting the King's subjects.
George II grants a charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio valley in the American colonies. British settlement of Halifax, Nova Scotia is founded.Sugar planters found Port-au-Prince, Haiti.