© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford
by John Simon, after Charles Jervas Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1725
14 in. x 9 7/8 in. (356 mm x 251 mm) plate size; 14 1/2 in. x 10 3/8 in. (369 mm x 265 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Charles Jervas (1675-1739), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
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Art and science
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Russian tsar Peter the Great dies.Treaty of Hanover between England, France and Prussia. Composer Antonio Vivaldi debuts the set of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Easter Oratorio