© National Portrait Gallery, London
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1729
14 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. (362 mm x 242 mm) plate size; 23 1/8 in. x 17 7/8 in. (586 mm x 455 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1929
- John Fletcher (1579-1625), Dramatist. Sitter associated with 14 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Committee of the House of Commons appointed to enquire into the state of Britain's gaols. Opening of the first Putney Bridge; the only fixed crossing of the River Thames between London Bridge and Kingston Bridge at the time.Tornado destroys buildings in Sussex and Kent
Art and science
Chiswick House in London, a pioneering example of English Palladian revival architecture, is designed by its owner Richard Boyle with the help of the architect William Kent.Jonathan Swift publishes A Modest Proposal
; a satirical attack on attitudes towards the poor and Irish policy more generally.
Benjamin Franklin prints, publishes and largely writes the weekly Pennsylvania Gazette
, which soon becomes the most successful newspaper in the colonies.Treaty of Seville seals peace between Britain and Spain.King Frederick IV of Denmark charters the Danish East India Company.