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Alexander Pope, by George Vertue, after  Charles Jervas, 1715 (circa 1714) - NPG D18159 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander Pope

by George Vertue, after Charles Jervas
line engraving, 1715 (circa 1714)
14 3/4 in. x 10 3/8 in. (375 mm x 265 mm) plate size; 16 1/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (410 mm x 295 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D18159


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  • Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Poet. Sitter associated with 44 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Charles Jervas (1675-1739), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 852 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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Current affairs

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke flees to Paris - following his part in secret negotiations around the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 - where he becomes foreign minister to the Pretender, James Stuart. First Jacobite Rebellion begins in Scotland against the rule of George I. The Pretender arrives from France. Total solar eclipse is seen across southern England; the last total eclipse visible in London for almost 900 years.

Art and science

Artist Jonathan Richardson publishes The Theory of Painting, credited with being the first significant work of artistic theory in English. Poet Alexander Pope begins his acclaimed translation of Homer's Illiad Architect Colen Campbell creates interest in the Palladian style in Britain with the publication of his Vitruvius Britannicus.

International

Louis XIV of France dies after seventy-two years on the throne. He is succeeded by his five-year old grandson, Louis XV. British build a permanent factory in Canton, China.

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