© National Portrait Gallery, London
Catherine (née Kneller) Huckle as St Agnes
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (351 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 1/2 in. x 10 3/8 in. (367 mm x 264 mm) paper size
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D4572: Catherine (née Kneller) Huckle as St Agnes (from same plate)
- NPG D4573: Catherine (née Kneller) Huckle as St Agnes (from same plate)
Failure of the Jacobite rebellion. John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll disperses the remainder of the Jacobite troops. The Pretender, James Stuart, flees to France. Jacobite leaders James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater and William Gordon, 6th Viscount of Kenmure are executed. Septennial Act extends life of parliament from three to seven years.
Art and science
Artist Philip Mercier settles in England from Paris. Physicist and Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley suggests a precise measurement of the distance between the Earth and the Sun by timing the transit of Venus.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu leaves for Turkey with her husband who takes up the post of Ambassador to Constantinople. While there she writes a series of letters, observing contemporary Turkish life, later to be published as the celebrated Turkish Embassy Letters. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI has a son, but the child dies within the year.