© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Philip Sydenham, 3rd Bt
by John Smith, after D. De Haese Click on the links below to find out more
14 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (363 mm x 249 mm) plate size, margins
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- D. De Haese. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D4083: Sir Philip Sydenham, 3rd Bt (from same plate)
The sudden death of Prince William, son of Princess Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, triggers a succession crisis. His birth had secured the succession of the crown to a Protestant, safeguarding the throne from any future claim by James II's Catholic son, James Francis.
Art and science
Dramatist, William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World
premieres at Lincoln's Inn Theatre, receiving a mixed reception. It would achieve greater literary acclaim in modern times. Poet, John Dryden, dies and is buried in Geoffrey Chaucer's grave in Westminster Abbey.
Diplomat and poet, Matthew Prior, secretly negotiates with Louis XIV, king of France, a second partition treaty concerning the Spanish Empire. However, following the death of Spanish ruler, Carlos II, the agreement collapses since neither Spanish or Austrian governments accept the treaty's proposals.