14 of 44 portraits of Alexander Pope
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1717 (1716)
13 1/2 in. x 9 3/4 in. (343 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 14 in. x 10 1/8 in. (355 mm x 258 mm) paper size
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Current affairsCount Carl Gyllenborg, the Swedish ambassador, is arrested in London and imprisoned over a plot to assist the Pretender James Stuart.Bangorian controversy; a theological argument within the Church of England is initiated by the posthumous publication of a treatise written by George Hicks, Bishop of Thetford.First Freemason's Grand Lodge is founded in London.
Art and scienceActor-manager Colley Cibber stages The Loves of Mars and Venus at the Drury Lane Theatre; the first ballet to be performed in Britain. Composer George Frideric Handel's Water Music is performed for the first time on a barge on the River Thames for George I.
InternationalJohn Law establishes the Mississippi Company to develop trade in Louisiania for France. His scheme results in the 'Mississippi Bubble'.Triple Alliance formed between England, France and the Dutch Republic to uphold the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht and maintain peace in Europe.Competition between British and Dutch in factories on the coast of Mauritania results in the first 'gum war' over the lucrative trade in gum arabic.
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