© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Pier Leone Ghezzi Click on the links below to find out more
etching, 1725 or 1726
13 1/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (341 mm x 223 mm) plate size; 15 in. x 10 in. (385 mm x 255 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Notorious 'Thief Taker General' Jonathan Wild is hanged at Tyburn. He ran one of the most successful gangs of thieves of the era, while appearing to be the nation's leading policeman.Pardoned Jacobite leader Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke forms an opposition to the Prime Minister Robert Walpole. Order of the Bath is founded by King George I.
Art and science
Poet Alexander Pope produces a new edition of Shakespeare, which he rewrites and edits in numerous places. Philosopher Francis Hutcheson publishes his first major work An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue
, published in two treatises concerning aesthetics and morality.
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