Robert Ker, 4th Earl of Roxburghe

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Robert Ker, 4th Earl of Roxburghe

by John Smith, after David Paton
mezzotint, 1698
6 3/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (162 mm x 119 mm) plate size, small margins
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11945

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Artistsback to top

  • David Paton (active 1668-1693), Artist. Artist associated with 12 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D18992: Robert Ker, 4th Earl of Roxburghe (from same plate)
  • NPG D19972: Robert Ker, 4th Earl of Roxburghe (from same plate)

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Current affairs

The king's residence, Whitehall Palace, is destroyed by fire. The Banqueting House survives. Issues surrounding the prerogative of the king and size of a standing army during peacetime serve as the principal subjects for debate during the general election. The Whig Junto majority is reduced by resurgent Tory opposition.

Art and science

Anti-theatrical polemicist, Jeremy Collier writes, A Short View, attacking the immorality of the theatre. John Bunyan's The Heavenly Foot-Man, a sermon on Christian life, is published posthumously.


Instructed by William III, Arnold Joost van Keppel, earl of Albemarle, negotiates with Louis XIV over issues surrounding the Spanish succession. Proposals in the first partition treaty are agreed by both sides. Peter I of Russia visits England eager to strengthen diplomatic ties with other European countries.

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