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Frederick William I, King of Prussia
by and published by John Smith, after Friedrich Wilhelm Weidemann Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1715 (1714)
13 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (345 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (361 mm x 260 mm) paper size
- NPG D11637: Sophia Dorothea, Queen of Prussia (companion portrait)
- NPG D11931: Frederick William I, King of Prussia (companion portrait)
Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke flees to Paris - following his part in secret negotiations around the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 - where he becomes foreign minister to the Pretender, James Stuart. First Jacobite Rebellion begins in Scotland against the rule of George I. The Pretender arrives from France. Total solar eclipse is seen across southern England; the last total eclipse visible in London for almost 900 years.
Art and science
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Architect Colen Campbell creates interest in the Palladian style in Britain with the publication of his Vitruvius Britannicus
Louis XIV of France dies after seventy-two years on the throne. He is succeeded by his five-year old grandson, Louis XV. British build a permanent factory in Canton, China.