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Thomas Sprat; Thomas Sprat
by and published by John Smith, after Michael Dahl Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, 1712 (1712)
12 in. x 14 5/8 in. (305 mm x 370 mm) plate size; 13 in. x 19 1/4 in. (330 mm x 490 mm) paper size
- Thomas Sprat (baptised 1635-1713), Bishop of Rochester. Sitter in 9 portraits.
- Thomas Sprat (1679-1720), Scholar, Dean of Westminster and Bishop of Rochester. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 167 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- NPG D4487: Thomas Sprat; Thomas Sprat (from same plate)
- NPG D19202: Thomas Sprat; Thomas Sprat (from same plate)
- NPG D31422: Thomas Sprat; Thomas Sprat (from same plate)
- NPG D42044: Thomas Sprat; Thomas Sprat (from same plate)
- NPG D42045: Thomas Sprat; Thomas Sprat (from same plate)
Whig MP, Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford is found guilty by Parliament of 'a high breach of trust and notorious corruption', over reserving army forage contracts for banker, Robert Mann, and imprisoned in the Tower. Walpole would later become the first British Prime Minister in all but name in 1721.
Art and science
Mock epic poem, The Rape of the Lock
, by satirical poet Alexander Pope is first published. Ironmonger Thomas Newcomen demonstrates his invention of the atmospheric steam engine in London.Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery, commissions a mechanical solar system model from mechanic John Rowley who names it an orrery
Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford and John Robinson, bishop of Bristol, are appointed plenipotentiaries to the Utrecht peace congress. Foundations for peace between Britain and France, were based on preliminary agreements previously negotiated in London and Paris, the details of which were unbeknownst to the plenipotentiaries or Britain's allies.