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Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford
by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
12 1/2 in. x 8 1/4 in. (319 mm x 209 mm) plate size; 14 in. x 9 5/8 in. (355 mm x 246 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 4011: Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford (after)
- NPG D13975: Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford (from same plate)
Queen Anne dies at Kensington Palace aged 49, on 1st August. The same day, under the Act of Regency, the regency council proclaims James I's great-grandson, George, elector of Hanover, king of Great Britain and Ireland, thus transferring the crown from the house of Stuart to the house of Hanover.
Art and science
Writer and politician, Sir Richard Steele, accepts the post of governorship for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Tenison, founds one of the first co-educational schools in Croydon.The Longitude Act offers a reward for the invention of a method of precisely determining a ship's longitude.
Despite the peace accord at Utrecht in 1713, ratification of the treaties of Rastatt and Baden are required to end the continued hostilities in the War of the Spanish Succession between the French king Louis XIV and Charles VI Archduke of Austria and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.