© National Portrait Gallery, London
Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland
by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1724 (1720)
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Notorious thief and jailbreaker John 'Jack' Sheppard is hanged at Tyburn. General George Wade is sent to inspect Scotland, initiating an 11-year program of road improvement and bridge building in the Scottish Highlands.
Art and science
First of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters
is published; one of seven pamphlets railing against the debasement of Irish coinage. Blenheim Palace is presented as a gift to the Duke of Marlborough for his involvement in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs. Pope Benedict XIII succeeds Pope Innocent XIII as the 245th pope.King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne.