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Gilbert Burnet; John Locke; Humphrey Prideaux; Samuel Clarke

17 of 36 portraits of John Locke

Gilbert Burnet; John Locke; Humphrey Prideaux; Samuel Clarke, by John Simon, circa 1715-1724 - NPG D5100 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gilbert Burnet; John Locke; Humphrey Prideaux; Samuel Clarke

by John Simon
mezzotint, circa 1715-1724
14 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (365 mm x 264 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D5100

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Sittersback to top

  • Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury and historian. Sitter associated with 24 portraits.
  • Samuel Clarke (1675-1729), Metaphysician. Sitter in 21 portraits.
  • John Locke (1632-1704), Philosopher. Sitter in 36 portraits.
  • Humphrey Prideaux (1648-1724), Orientalist. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.

Events of 1715back to top

Current affairs

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke flees to Paris - following his part in secret negotiations around the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 - where he becomes foreign minister to the Pretender, James Stuart. First Jacobite Rebellion begins in Scotland against the rule of George I. The Pretender arrives from France. Total solar eclipse is seen across southern England; the last total eclipse visible in London for almost 900 years.

Art and science

Artist Jonathan Richardson publishes The Theory of Painting, credited with being the first significant work of artistic theory in English. Poet Alexander Pope begins his acclaimed translation of Homer's Illiad Architect Colen Campbell creates interest in the Palladian style in Britain with the publication of his Vitruvius Britannicus.


Louis XIV of France dies after seventy-two years on the throne. He is succeeded by his five-year old grandson, Louis XV. British build a permanent factory in Canton, China.

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