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King George II when Prince of Hanover
by and published by John Smith, after Johann Leonhard Hirschmann Click on the links below to find out more
13 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (346 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (352 mm x 257 mm) paper size
- King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60. Sitter associated with 57 portraits.
The Regency Bill passes in Parliament. John Somers, Baron Somers, and Thomas Wharton, Marquess of Wharton, as prominent supporters of the Protestant succession, are instrumental in formulating legislation which provide for an emergency Council of Sate to convene upon the death of Queen Anne, pending arrival of the Hanoverian successor.
Art and science
Publication of Horae lyricae
, by hymn writer Isaac Watts. A dissenting minister, Watts is recognised as the 'Father of English Hymnody'. Publication of Synopsis Palmariorum Matheseos
, a mathematical guide for beginners by mathematician William Jones. Thomas Twining opens a tea room in London.
Allied forces under Commander-in-chief, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, defeat Louis XIV's army at the Battle of Ramillies. The most successful campaign in Marlborough's career, victory at Ramillies and a string of subsequent military successes for the allies establishes their control of the Southern Netherlands.