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Godard van Reede-Ginckel, 1st Earl of Athlone
by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1692 (1692)
13 1/2 in. x 9 3/4 in. (347 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 13 3/4 in. x 10 in. (354 mm x 255 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1681 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D568: Godard van Reede-Ginckel, 1st Earl of Athlone (from same plate)
- NPG D20247: Godard van Reede-Ginckel, 1st Earl of Athlone (from same plate)
- NPG D11656: Godard van Reede-Ginckel, 1st Earl of Athlone (from same plate)
- NPG D569: Godard van Reede-Ginckel, 1st Earl of Athlone (from same plate)
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Art and science
Antiquary, Thomas Rymer, is appointed historiographer royal. Rymer would spend the rest of his life transcribing the history of England's alliances and treaties with foreign countries, publishing them in sixteen volumes. Nahum Tate is appointed Poet Laureate.Composer, Henry Purcell, stages the dramatic opera, The Fairy-Queen
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