© National Portrait Gallery, London
by George White, sold by Edward Dilly, and sold by Charles Dilly Click on the links below to find out more
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymn writer. Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Charles Dilly (1739-1807), Bookseller. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
- Edward Dilly (1732-1779), Bookseller. Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- George White (circa 1684-1732), Engraver. Artist associated with 120 portraits.
George I dies on 11 January. George II is proclaimed king; the second Hanoverian on the British throne. Handel composes Zadok the Priest for his coronation which has been sung at every British coronation since.Royal Bank of Scotland is founded by Royal Charter in Edinburgh.Janet (Jenny) Horne of Loth, Sutherland, becomes the last alleged witch to be executed in Britain when she is burned at the stake in Dornoch, Scotland.
Art and science
Artist Thomas Gainsborough is born in Sudbury, Suffolk in May. Architect William Kent publishes Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones, including additional designs by himself and his patron Lord Burlington.German composer George Frideric Handel becomes a British subject.Scientist Sir Isaac Newton dies.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach conducts the first performance of his St Matthew Passion
in St Thomas's church, Leipzig.Spain besieges Gibraltar in order to recapture the territory from the British.