John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

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John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1716 (1696)
13 1/2 in. x 10 1/8 in. (343 mm x 258 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. (385 mm x 293 mm) paper size
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NPG D1340

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Sittersback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Sitter associated with 30 portraits, Artist associated with 1678 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 1180 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D9001: John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (from same plate)
  • NPG D11491: John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (from same plate)
  • NPG D6782: John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (from same plate)

Events of 1716back to top

Current affairs

Failure of the Jacobite rebellion. John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll disperses the remainder of the Jacobite troops. The Pretender, James Stuart, flees to France. Jacobite leaders James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater and William Gordon, 6th Viscount of Kenmure are executed. Septennial Act extends life of parliament from three to seven years.

Art and science

Artist Philip Mercier settles in England from Paris. Physicist and Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley suggests a precise measurement of the distance between the Earth and the Sun by timing the transit of Venus.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu leaves for Turkey with her husband who takes up the post of Ambassador to Constantinople. While there she writes a series of letters, observing contemporary Turkish life, later to be published as the celebrated Turkish Embassy Letters. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI has a son, but the child dies within the year.

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