© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Jacobus Houbraken Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1740s-1750s
14 1/4 in. x 9 in. (363 mm x 229 mm) plate size; 17 1/2 in. x 11 in. (443 mm x 278 mm) paper size
- George Abbot (1562-1633), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
Henry Pelham becomes Prime Minister, following the death of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.Last wolf in the British Isles is reputedly killed in Scotland.Second Gin Act further attempts to deal with the widespread abuse of gin.
Art and science
Portrait-painter Michael Dahl dies.Physician and cartographer Christopher Packe produces the first geological map of south-east England.Final edition of Alexander Pope's literary satire The Dunciad
War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen is fought in Bavaria. King George II leads the troops to victory over the French; the last time a British monarch participates in a battle. George Frideric Handel writes the oratorio Dettingen Te Deum
in celebration. Treaty of Worms signed between Great Britain, Austria and Sardinia. France and Spain form the Alliance of Fontainebleau with the aim of recapturing Gibraltar from Britain.