15 of 36 portraits of John Locke
by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
engraving, 1713 (1697)
7/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (250 mm x 160 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (270 mm x 176 mm) plate size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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Current affairsAn ailing Queen Anne is unable to attend a thanksgiving ceremony at St. Paul's in July to celebrate the treaty of Utrecht, attended by both Houses of Parliament in full state. John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, on self-imposed exile on the continent, is joined by his wife, Sarah Churchill.
Art and scienceLiterary fraternity, the Scriblerus Club is founded. Consisting of satirists, including Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and Thomas Parnell, the club ridiculed current trends in scholarship and culture through the fictitious literary character, Martinus Scriblerus. Joseph Addison's play, Cato, premieres at Drury Lane and becomes an immediate success.
InternationalTreaty of Utrecht, principally conceived by Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford and Henry, St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke, ends the War of the Spanish Succession against France. The accord establishes Bourbon, Philip d'Anjou, on the Spanish throne, with provisos, and forces Louis XIV to recognise a Hanoverian succession in Britain.
- Portrait of the Day: Sir Isaac Newton
1 May, 12:30