Sir William Petty

1 portrait of Sir William Petty

Sir William Petty, by and published by John Smith, after  John Closterman, 1696 - NPG D11978 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir William Petty

by and published by John Smith, after John Closterman
mezzotint, 1696
13 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. (350 mm x 260 mm) plate size; 14 1/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (360 mm x 270 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11978


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  • John Closterman (1660-1711). Artist associated with 62 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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HMS Sovereign of the Seas is accidentally destroyed by fire at Chatham. Window Duty, based upon the number of windows in a house, is levied by Parliament to support William III's war with France. The Great Recoinage attempts to replace coins in circulation made up of hammered silver.

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Recently ordained, Jonathan Swift writes his first book, A Tale of a Tub, which includes an allegory of three brothers representing the principal divisions of Western Christianity. Architect and playwright, John Vanbrugh's hugely successful comedy, The Relapse, is staged at the Drury Lane Theatre.

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After several years of secret negotiations forged by William III with Louis XIV, king of France, to end the Nine Years' War, envoys from both sides unofficially begin serious talks. Economic depression in Holland leads to riots in Amsterdam.

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