by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
13 1/2 in. x 9 3/4 in. (342 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 14 in. x 10 3/8 in. (355 mm x 263 mm) paper size
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Current affairsWilliam III argues for the existence of a peacetime standing army to maintain England's safety. Unpopular with both political parties, Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, leads the opposition against the proposal.
The first service at St. Paul Cathedral is held since the building was destroyed by the Great Fire.
Art and scienceCircumnavigator, William Dampier, publishes New Voyage Round the World.
Painter and member of the Whiggish Kit-Cat Club, Godfrey Kneller starts to paint the club's members devising a special portrait size for the series.