© National Portrait Gallery, London
Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield
by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1722
15 3/8 in. x 11 in. (391 mm x 280 mm) plate size; 15 5/8 in. x 11 1/8 in. (398 mm x 283 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1681 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- NPG D8282: Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (from same plate)
- NPG D27515: Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (from same plate)
- NPG D38070: Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield (from same plate)
Atterbury Plot discovered; Francis Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester is accused of promoting the Jacobite rising. Other leading Jacobite sympathisers are also arrested and Atterbury is banished the following year. General Election is won by the Whigs.
Art and science
Daniel Defoe publishes his novel Moll Flanders
which traces the redemption of Moll, a penitent prostitute, thief and American convict. Writer and politician Richard Steele premieres his play The Conscious Lovers
at the Drury Lane Theatre, London to great acclaim.
In sweeping reforms aimed at modernising Russia, Peter the Great introduces the Table of Ranks; a new meritocratic order of precedence which aims to break the power of the hereditary nobility. Dutch discover Easter Island, beginning a spate of European discovery in the islands of the Pacific.Iroquois League of Native Americans becomes known as the Six Nations, after the Tuscarora join the group.