© National Portrait Gallery, London
King George II when Prince of Wales
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, after 1717, altered after 1727
7 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (201 mm x 150 mm) plate size, small margins
- King George II (1683-1760), Reigned 1727-60. Sitter associated with 56 portraits.
- 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.
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Art and science
Artist Thomas Gainsborough is born in Sudbury, Suffolk in May. Architect William Kent publishes Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones, including additional designs by himself and his patron Lord Burlington.German composer George Frideric Handel becomes a British subject.Scientist Sir Isaac Newton dies.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach conducts the first performance of his St Matthew Passion
in St Thomas's church, Leipzig.Spain besieges Gibraltar in order to recapture the territory from the British.