© National Portrait Gallery, London
Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales
by and published by John Smith, after Georg Wilhelm Lafontaine (Fountain, Fontaine) Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1724 (1723)
13 3/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (340 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 13 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (350 mm x 260 mm) paper size
- NPG D20309: Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales (from same plate)
- NPG D11937: Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales (reduced version)
Notorious thief and jailbreaker John 'Jack' Sheppard is hanged at Tyburn. General George Wade is sent to inspect Scotland, initiating an 11-year program of road improvement and bridge building in the Scottish Highlands.
Art and science
First of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters
is published; one of seven pamphlets railing against the debasement of Irish coinage. Blenheim Palace is presented as a gift to the Duke of Marlborough for his involvement in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs. Pope Benedict XIII succeeds Pope Innocent XIII as the 245th pope.King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne.