Christopher Rawlinson

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Christopher Rawlinson, by John Smith, after  A. Grace, 1701 - NPG D11684 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Christopher Rawlinson

by John Smith, after A. Grace
mezzotint, 1701
12 3/4 in. x 9 1/8 in. (323 mm x 232 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (352 mm x 260 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11684

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Artistsback to top

  • A. Grace. Artist associated with 3 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D3959: Christopher Rawlinson (from same plate)
  • NPG D3960: Christopher Rawlinson (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Exiled James II dies in France. Various parts of his body are interred in a number of churches around the country; his corpse is buried in the English church in the Faubourg St. Jacques. The Act of Settlement is passed, securing the throne to the Protestant Hanoverians.

Art and science

Supported by the Bishop of London, Henry Compton, The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, founded by Thomas Bray, obtains a royal charter. Publication of The Christian Hero, the first major work by essayist Richard Steele.


War of the Spanish Succession ensues. William III restores the grand alliance against France determined to prevent Louis XIV from installing his grandson, Philip of Anjou, upon the Spanish throne. The grand alliance, resolute upon a Habsburg succession in Spain, wished to prevent the country's unification with France.

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