2 of 3 portraits of William King
by John Vandergucht, after Robert Dellow
line engraving, published 1734
6 in. x 4 in. (152 mm x 102 mm)
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Current affairsBank 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 scienceArtist 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.
InternationalFrench, 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 in Leipzig.