John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

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John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by and published by John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1703 (circa 1700-1703) - NPG D11543 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1703 (circa 1700-1703)
14 in. x 10 in. (355mm x 255 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 11 1/8 in. (385 mm x 282 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11543


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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1682 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Current affairs

A great storm ravages southern England killing thousands at sea and wrecking several naval warships along the coast. The Scottish Parliament passes a Bill of Security stipulating that the successor to the Scottish throne is Protestant, descended from Scottish kings. It is vetoed by the English Parliament.

Art and science

Scholarly church historian, William Wake, publishes The State of the Church and Clergy of England, a history of English synods since Anglo-Saxon times. Sailing and Fighting Instructions for her Majesty's Fleet, by Admiral George Rooke provides the basis for English fleet tactics throughout the century.

International

Diplomat, John Methuen, negotiates commercial treaties between England and Portugal to facilitate trading relations. Portugal enters the grand alliance against France in the War of the Spanish Succession.

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