© National Portrait Gallery, London
Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange
by John Simon, after Philip Mercier Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, before 1734
13 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (349 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (352 mm x 254 mm) paper size
- Philip Mercier (1691-1760), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- John Simon (1675-1751), Mezzotint engraver. Artist associated with 213 portraits.
Bank of England moves to its present building in Threadneedle Street, London, designed by the architect John Soane. Engravers' Copyright Act, known as 'Hogarth's Act' is passed to prevent the piracy of prints. Prime Minister Robert Walpole wins his third General Election victory.
Art and science
Artist James Thornhill dies.William Hogarth completes A Rake's Progress
series of paintings. . Society of Dilettanti is founded in London; a group of noblemen and scholars who had been on the Grand Tour and aim to promote the study of ancient Greek and Roman art. Oriental scholar George Sale translates the Qu'ran into English for the first time.
French, Sardinian and Spanish troops defeat Austrians throughout Italy. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI declares war on France. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Christmas Oratorio